Bill Cosby Accuser Sues Him For Defamation
“Haha! People like me more than you now. Kinda.”
As the media’s fickle attention turns to quick and easy thrills like the leaked Sony emails, who Robert Pattinson is fucking, and Ariana Grande being carried around like a baby (Wait. Those are links to my site. Goddammit.), reports on Bill Cosby’s serial rape allegations are becoming few and far between. But that doesn’t mean shit isn’t still happening which brings us to Tamara Green, one of the original 13 women who supported Andrea Constand’s lawsuit in 2005, who’s now suing Bill Cosby for defamation in a legal maneuver to finally get him into the courtroom and answer for his alleged crimes. PEOPLE reports:
In the suit, filed in Springfield, Massachusetts, not far from where Cosby has a home, Green says comments made by Cosby’s representatives to The Washington Post and Newsweek this year “impugned” her reputation and exposed her to “public contempt, ridicule, aversion or disgrace.”
She filed the suit to “restore her good name and reputation” her attorney, Joseph Cammarata, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Turns out that while the statute of limitations for being sexually assaulted have run out, they haven’t for calling Tamara Green a liar in interviews and she’s determined to end this shit once and for all. Via NY Daily News:
“I want the truth of this matter to be finally established forevermore. I want the truth to be known. I want justice for myself and for my sisters in arms,” Green said during a Wednesday press conference.
“I want it put to a jury. I want (there) to be a verdict. I want it to be ended finally. And I want my name restored,” she continued. “All of this time there’s always been a slight doubt in everyone’s mind as to the veracity of any of the allegations …because he’s a rich and powerful and famous man.”
She then takes it a step further and points out Cosby would have every right to sue her for allegations of drugging and raping her in the early 1970s, yet conveniently hasn’t:
“(Cosby) called me a wrecking ball, but he never sued me for defamation,” Green told The News. “My statements against him were actionable if they were false. He didn’t open that can of worms because my statements were true.”
Now, I’m not a lawyer, so I have no idea how effective this maneuver is, but I know some of you are, so maybe spout some legal mumbo-jumbo in the comments and bill your clients for it. What’re they going to do about it? Sue you? You’re a lawyer.
In the meantime, during a special screening of Top Five Tuesday night, Chris Rock tried to make an odd joke about another alleged rapist Ben Roethlisberger which Jezebel blew him for even though this sounds more like deflecting from Cosby and less about reminding people there’s another powerful dude raping people out there. “Allegedly.” TMZ reports:
Rock was addressing the crowd before a screening of his new movie “Top 5″ when he said, “I was getting ready to say something really bad about Roethlisberger … he’s the original Cosby.” … After Rock cracked the joke … he realized the comment might spark some controversy — saying, “That’s horrible … that’s gonna go everywhere.”
Look, I’m all about pointing out Ben Roethlisberger’s rape allegations and how football fans just shoved that shit right under the rug, but what the fuck is Chris Rock even trying to say here? The original Cosby? What does that even mean? Ben Roethlisberger was born in 1982, and if I’m doing the math right, Bill Cosby probably raped at least eight million women before Ben’s dad cut the umbilical cord. Not to mention, bringing up an entirely separate crime to deflect from one “allegedly” committed by someone you admire is Internet commenter bullshit. You’re better than that, Chris Rock. Don’t be those people. Who are reading this post. (Sup, guys?)