Bill Cosby Accuses Insurance Firm of Settling a Defamation Suit Without His Consent

Bill Cosby’s lawyers accused American International Group (AIG) of resolving a defamation suit lodged by seven women against the actor without his knowledge or consent.

Documents recorded in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts by Joseph Cammarata, the women’s lawyer, showed the parties had reached an agreement, The papers also indicated the settlement, whose terms were under seal, satisfied each plaintiff.

However, Cosby’s lawyers through his press representative Andrew Wyatt said through social media posts said the actor did not settle any of his cases to anyone and is not paying to anyone as he is still seeking his counterclaims. The actor’s press representative Andrew Wyatt said AIG decided to settle the cases without Cosby’s knowledge or consent,

AIG’s spokesperson Matthew Gallagher responded to the allegations outlined by Wyatt through a statement stating that the company does not give comments publicly on particular claims issues.

Gallagher said in a statement that some insurance policies give insurers the authority to resolve claims when the company has informed the insured.

The plaintiffs in the case were Angela Leslie, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Tamara Green, and Therese Serignese, have accused Cosby publicly of sexual misconduct. The women’s court complaint asserted that Cosby damaged their reputations through statements published on the media by his representatives that portrayed their abuse claims as “absolutely false,” “fabricated,” “uncorroborated,” and more.

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Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown
Bill Cosby, Norristown, USA – 23 Apr 2018

Cosby filed a countersuit to the women in 2015, claiming that the women’s allegations of sexual misconduct against him were “malicious, opportunistic, false and defamatory.

In 2018, a Pennsylvania court found Cosby guilty of three counts of indecent assault in another case. Currently, he is serving a prison term of three to 10 years for that lawsuit. Even so, he is appealing his conviction in this case and upholds his innocence in all sexual assault allegations.