Bill Cosby Drops Beverly Johnson Defamation Lawsuit

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Bill Cosby Beverly Johnson Defamation Suit Dropped

By Andrew Shuster

Bill Cosby Beverly Johnson Defamation Suit Dropped

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Bill Cobsy dropped his defamation lawsuit against Beverly Johnson on Thursday. The comedian’s lawyers have requested that a judge temporarily dismiss his case against the former supermodel so they can instead focus on Cosby’s pending criminal proceedings.

As Gossip Cop reported, Johnson claimed in December 2014 that Cosby drugged and attempted to rape her in the mid-1980s when she visited his home to audition for a role on “The Cosby Show.” Last December, Cosby filed a defamation suit against Johnson, claiming she had lied about the alleged encounter and was seeking publicity.

But in light of Cosby’s December arrest stemming from a 2004 incident with Andrea Constand, who claims the comic drugged and sexually abused her, Cosby’s attorneys have decided to give priority to his criminal case. As Gossip Cop reported, Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault, a felony carrying a punishment of up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

Cosby’s lawyers have gone on record maintaining their client’s innocence in the Constand case, and are refusing to take any kind of plea deal. Meanwhile, the comedian’s attorneys say they still plan to refile their defamation suit against Johnson once the criminal case comes to a resolution. To date, more than 50 women have come forward with sexual assault accusations against Cosby, resulting in dozens of lawsuits.

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