In­surer draws Cosby’s wrath with set­tle­ment

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Bill Cosby’s insurance com­pany, Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Group, has set­tled a sex­ual bat­tery law­suit that was filed against him by Chloe Goins, a model who ac­cused Cosby of as­sault­ing her in 2008, the in­car­cer­ated co­me­dian’s of­fice said Tues­day.

Cosby, who is serv­ing time in a Penn­syl­va­nia prison for as­sault­ing an­other woman in 2004, lashed out at AIG, say­ing the set­tle­ment – whose terms were not dis­closed – was “unau­tho­rized.”

“AIG con­tin­ues to act egre­giously by set­tling these heinous claims with­out my knowl­edge and/or con­sent,” Cosby said in a state­ment that his pub­li­cist, An­drew Wy­att, said he took down over the phone Mon­day.

In 2016, the Los An­ge­les County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice de­clined to bring crim­i­nal charges in the Goins case, say­ing pos­si­ble mis­de­meanor charges were barred by the statute of lim­i­ta­tions and that there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to pur­sue more se­ri­ous charges. Cosby said his le­gal team had pro­vided med­i­cal records to show that he was in New York re­cov­er­ing from eye surgery at the time that Goins said he as­saulted her.

In early April, seven other women agreed to set­tle claims of defama­tion, which they brought against Cosby in fed­eral court in Mas­sachusetts af­ter he ac­cused them of falsely say­ing he had sex­u­ally as­saulted them. AIG, as Cosby’s in­surer, also set­tled those claims. Cosby has said through his spokesman that he plans to con­tinue pur­su­ing coun­ter­claims against the women, in the Goins case and the oth­ers.

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