Bill Cosby‘s lawyers are getting busier. The disgraced comedian is suing Beverly Johnson for defamation, saying her claims that he once drugged her are false.
Reports the New York Times:
The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in California, calls accusations by Ms. Johnson “false, malicious, opportunistic and defamatory” and says she made them in an “attempt to revive her flagging career.”
In a statement, Mr. Cosby’s lawyer, Monique Pressley, said, “Mr. Cosby states that he never drugged defendant and her story is a lie.”
The lawsuit contends that a chapter in Ms. Johnson’s memoir, “The Face That Changed It All,” which was published in August, focused on a “false account” regarding her interactions with Mr. Cosby that included her accusation that he drugged her. Mr. Cosby’s suit seeks an injunction to remove the chapter about him.
The lawsuit also says Ms. Johnson gave defamatory statements on television shows and in articles that appeared in publications including Vanity Fair and People magazine.
Johnson first revealed her story of allegedly being drugged and almost sexually assaulted by Cosby in Vanity Fair in late 2014.
Last week, Cosby filed a lawsuit against seven of his accusers, claiming their stories were lies, too.