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Green v. Cosby

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
138 F. Supp. 3d 114 (2015)


Facts

Tamara Green (plaintiff) alleged that Bill Cosby (defendant) sexually assaulted her. Cosby released the following statement to Newsweek magazine through a publicist: “This is a 10-year-old, discredited accusation that proved to be nothing at the time, and is still nothing.” Green brought suit for defamation. Cosby filed a motion to dismiss, arguing, among other things, that the statement was opinion and thus was not defamatory.

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