Federal Judge Throws Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby Out of Court Another legal victory for Bill Cosby.
A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a cast member of his former educational program “Picture Pages.”
Hill filed suit against Cosby in October 2014, claiming that she was abused by Cosby from 1983 to 1987.
Her defamation case stems from comments made by Cosby, his former attorney Martin Singer and his wife Camille Cosby, denying the allegations made against him. She filed a lawsuit against him in Pennsylvania … saying Cosby and his attorneys made her look like a “liar” when they responded to her accusations.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab shot down Hill’s claims of defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Schwab found that Martin’s statement amounted to “purely opinionated speech” that’s “protected and not actionable as defamatory speech.” Likewise, the judge found that Cosby’s statement, which denied accusations against him as “”innuendos” and encouraged people to “fact-check,” don’t have “the general tendency to cause harm to anyone’s reputation and, thus, do not rise to the level of defamatory contents.”
With regard to the intentional infliction of emotional distress claim, Schwab opined, “this Court does not find that the type of denials published in the three statements rise to the level of atrocious conduct necessary to preserve an IIED [intentional infliction of emotional distress} claim under Pennsylvania law.”