Bill Cosby filed a lawsuit Monday against Beverly Johnson, claiming the former supermodel lied about an encounter with the comedian in which she alleges he drugged and tried to rape her in the 1980s.
The lawsuit, alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, comes one year after Johnson went public with her claims in a tell-all essay for Vanity Fair. She claimed Cosby invited her to his New York home and he drugged her after offering her a cup of coffee.
Cosby claims he and Johnson never spent any time alone in his home and he never drugged her. He believes Johnson joined the other women making sexual assault allegations in hopes to revive her career and help her sell copies of her memoir, "The Face That Changed It All."
Cosby's lawyer Monique Pressley calls Johnson's statements "an opportunistic attempt to resuscitate her own career and benefit herself financially from the wave of media attention surrounding her false allegations against Mr. Cosby."
In response, Johnson said in a statement: "I am aware of the statements from Bill Cosby. In cases of rape and abuse, abusers will do whatever they can to intimidate and weaken their victims to force them to stop fighting. I ask for your support of all of the victims involved."
Cosby is seeking unspecified damages and an injunction requiring Johnson to retract her statements. He is also asking for the removal of the chapter about Cosby in future copies of Johnson's memoir and the removal of the chapter from unsold copies.
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