September 22, 2020

Another lawsuit accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault

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Bill CosbyBy Amanda Bronstad, The National Law Journal

A second lawsuit involving sexual assault accusations against comedian Bill Cosby has been filed—this time, on behalf of an attorney in California.

, who accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the early 1970s, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, claiming the comedian, through his lawyer and publicist, has defamed her by denying the assault ever happened.

Cosby faces allegations of sexual assault and rape by more than a dozen women.

According to the new suit, Green first accused Cosby of assaulting her in 2005. Cosby’s attorney at the time, Walter Phillips Jr., claimed his client didn’t even know Green and that the incident “did not happen in any way, shape, or form.”

Green told her story twice again this year. Phillips repeated his response, and Cosby’s publicist, David Brokaw, called her a liar.

“Each response was false when made, in that plaintiff Green’s accusation against defendant Cosby was true, and there was no basis to publicly claim that plaintiff Green was lying or a liar,” according to the complaint filed by Green’s attorney, , a partner at Washington’s Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel. Cammarata represented Paula Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton.

Phillips, of counsel to Philadelphia’s Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, who specializes in criminal defense, and Brokaw did not respond to requests for comment. Another Cosby attorney, Martin Singer of Lavely & Singer in , did not return a call for comment.

Green claims she met Cosby in 1969 or 1970 through a friend when she was an aspiring model and singer. According to the complaint, Cosby asked her to help raise money for a club he planned to open. During lunch one day at Café Figaro in Los Angeles, Cosby offered Green, who wasn’t feeling well, some “red and grey pills” he said were cold medicine. Soon afterward, Cosby drove her home, where he sexually assaulted her, the suit says. On his way out, she alleged, he left two $100 bills on her coffee table.

Green, of the Law Office of Tamara Green in Fallbrook, Calif., was admitted to practice law in California in 1988, according to the State Bar of California. The bar suspended her license for six months, effective in May 2006, over three client matters in 2002 and 2003. Specifically, the bar found that she failed to maintain a $20,000 trust account for one client, didn’t refund $1,000 to another client and failed to appear in court on behalf of a third client. Additionally, she didn’t tell her clients that she had moved her law office, bar records show.

The bar suspended her license after Green failed to complete an alternative discipline program for attorneys with substance abuse or mental problems. Bar records list her status as active.

On Dec. 2, another woman, Judy Huth, sued Cosby over alleged childhood sexual abuse. Huth, who lives in Riverside County, Calif., claims she met him in 1974 at a film shoot when she was 15 years old. He invited her and a friend to his tennis club, she alleges, where he offered them alcohol, led them to the Playboy Mansion and then sexually molested her in one of the mansion’s suites.

Huth’s attorney, Marc Strecker of Strecker Law Offices in Irvine, Calif., claimed she didn’t remember the incident until sometime during the last three years—the statute of limitations under a California law that permits lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse.

Singer, who filed a Dec. 4 motion to dismiss the lawsuit, has fired back with accusations that Huth failed to submit certificates of merit from her attorney and a mental health practitioner, as required under the California law. In a separate motion, Singer sought terminating sanctions of $33,295 in legal fees against Huth and Strecker, arguing that they attempted to extort Cosby with demands of up to $250,000.

Both cases seek unspecified punitive damages.

Cosby settled a sexual assault case brought by another woman, Andrea Constand, in 2006. The terms weren’t disclosed.

IMAGE: Bill Cosby performing at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, in Melbourne, Florida, on November 21, 2014. Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

For more on this story go to: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202678641290/Another-Lawsuit-Accuses-Bill-Cosby-of-Sexual-Assault#ixzz3LbwHeBFU

 

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