Cosby Hits Back, Sues 7 Accusers
Accuses them of financial damages by making NBC, Netflix back away
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2015 3:47 PM CST
In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Bill Cosby performs at Madison Square Garden in New York.   (John Minchillo/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – With the number of women accusing Bill Cosby of sex assault already topping 50, the comedian is hitting back, at least against seven of them: As Deadline reports, Cosby is countersuing Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, and Angela Leslie, alleging that by "willfully, maliciously, and falsely accusing Mr. Cosby of multi-decade-old purported sexual misconduct," and they "induced both NBC and Netflix to postpone or cancel their contract with Mr. Cosby." All seven women are from Massachusetts, notes USA Today. By filing the claim, Deadline notes that Cosby runs the risk of being forced to testify and answer "some very tough questions and accusations under oath."

"To suggest that these ladies—each and every one of them—got together and orchestrated a campaign against Mr. Cosby is hard to fathom," says a lawyer for the women, per the AP, who further dismissed the suit, saying it "stinks of retaliation."