Civil defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby thrown out
Embattled comedian Bill Cosby won a victory in court last week when a Massachusetts judge threw out the defamation lawsuit brought against him by one of his rape accusers. Cosby will still face criminal charges in Pennsylvania.
Judge Mark Mastroianni ruled Thursday that Katherine McKee didn’t adequately show Cosby defamed her when his representatives called a 2014 New York Daily News story on her rape allegations defamatory and demanded a retraction.
Over 50 women have come forward to accuse the 79-year old actor and comedian of sexual misconduct. To date, he has only been charged in the case of Andrea Constand of Montgomery County, PA. Accused of allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting the woman when she was a Temple University employee. She claims that after being drugged with multiple pills, she was assaulted by Cosby in his Pennsylvania home back in 2004. Cosby unsuccessfully attempted to have the case dismissed due to a deal he had with the Montgomery County DA, promising no prosecution if he gave a deposition.
In that deposition, he answered in the affirmative when asked, “When you got the quaaludes, (in the 1970s), was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” He had a prescription for the pills and did not admit to giving them to women without their permission. Cosby’s attorney objected before he could offer an answer to that query, “Did you ever give any of those young women the quaaludes without their knowledge?”
Quaaludes were prescribed as sleeping aids and quickly became one of the drugs of choice in the club scene of the 70s and early 80s. The drug was made a Schedule II narcotic in 1973 and eventually banned in 1984 during the Reagan Administration. It had a reputation for being an aphrodisiac.