In Massachusetts federal court, the embattled entertainer is on the defensive over denials of sexual abuse made by his publicist and lawyers. U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni has already rejected Cosby’s motion to dismiss.
The case won’t go to trial until Cosby faces a charge in Pennsylvania of sexually assaulting ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand, but Mastroianni has allowed discovery in the civil lawsuit to proceed, and on Wednesday, Joseph Cammarata, the attorney for the women, brought a new motion for partial judgment on the pleadings.
Cosby’s reps told news outlets that the assault claims by the women were “fabricated,” “ridiculous” and “absurd,” among other comments, and after the entertainer struck out in a bid to dismiss the lawsuit on the argument these comments were “opinions” and not “of and concerning” the defendants, Cosby filed his answer in court.
Cammarata now stresses that Cosby responded to allegations in the complaint by mostly stating they were either “conclusions or characterizations of law and therefore no response is required.”
Cosby is now represented by Angela Agrusa of Liner LLP, who will be tasked with opposing an order deeming these allegations admitted.
As a person who speaks on behalf of clients, I have told them and will always say, do not lie for your clients. Cosby obviously paid his reps enough that they never worried about doing so, but it has definitely come back to haunt him, big time!