A US federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit that was filed against comedian Bill Cosby by an actress who accused him of rape.
The judge ruled that the 79-year-old entertainer acted within his rights when he responded to the claims and proclaimed himself innocent.
Katherine Mae McKee, 67, filed the civil suit claiming that a statement from Cosby’s lawyer depicted her as a liar after she spoke to a New York tabloid about the rape allegations.
A number of cases have been brought against Cosby by about 50 women who claim they were sexually assaulted by the star of The Cosby Show. He has denied wrongdoing in all of the cases.
Some of the woman have claimed that they were plied with drugs and alcohol in attacks that took place decades ago.
Cosby tweeted a copy of US District Judge Mark Mastroianni’s order to his nearly four million Twitter followers.
The judge wrote that McKee failed to demonstrate that the comedian had defamed her simply by denying her claims.
McKee, a former Las Vegas showgirl who once dated rat pack singer Sammy Davis Jr, made the allegations in an interview with the New York Daily News in December 2014.
Cosby denied her claims that he raped her in a Detroit hotel room in 1974 when she was on tour with Davis.
The judge wrote: “An accused person cannot be foreclosed … from considering the issuance of a simple and unequivocal denial – free from overall defamatory triggers or contextual themes.
Cosby’s lawyers welcomed the…
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