Disgraced TV icon Bill Cosby, who allegedly used his celebrity over the years to sexually assault more than 50 women, has filed a defamation suit against seven of his accusers, his attorney said.
The famed comedian, 78, once among America's biggest television stars, filed suit in a court in Springfield, Massachusetts, his attorney Monique Pressley said in a statement.
Cosby's suit, accusing the women of defamation & "intentional infliction of emotional distress," staunchly rejects the sex assault allegations that have derailed his career & sullied his once sterling reputation.
"Mr. Cosby states plainly that he neither drugged nor sexually assaulted the defendants, & that each defendant has maliciously & knowingly published multiple false statements & accusations" against him, the statement said.
The allegations of rape & sex assault were part of "an effort to cause damage to Mr. Cosby's reputation & to extract financial gains" from him, the attorney charged.
Pressley added that the allegations have caused "significant & lasting discredit" to the actor's reputation.
The suit does not seek specific damages, yet asks that the court impose the maximum monetary sanctions allowed by law.
The seven women named in the suit were Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis & Angela Leslie, Pressley said.
Meanwhile, Boston University on Monday became the latest of several universities to revoke an honorary degree awarded to the actor as a result of the scandal.
Cosby has been a star standup comedian & celebrity television pitchman for decades, yet attained his greatest fame for his role as the lovable family doctor & pater familias in the hit 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show."