Cosby says 7 women who sued him made false accusations

Bill Cosby
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. The California State University system has become the latest to take back an honorary degree from Cosby. The Board of Trustees voted Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, to revoke an honorary doctorate given to Cosby by Cal Poly Pomona in 1992. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

BOSTON (AP) – Bill Cosby is firing back at seven women who are suing him for defamation, accusing them of making false accusations of sexual misconduct for financial gain.

Cosby filed counterclaims in federal court Monday, alleging the women made “malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory accusations” of sexual misconduct against him. Cosby is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

The women claim Cosby defamed them by allowing his representatives to brand them as liars after they went public with allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct dating back decades.

In his counterclaim, Cosby says the women have “engaged in a campaign to assassinate” his reputation and character. He says their campaign is “nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to extract financial gain from him.”

The women suing Cosby in Massachusetts are among approximately 50 who have accused the comedian of rape or unwanted sexual contact.

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