Comedian Bill Cosby has one less lawsuit to worry about after one of his sexual assault accusers dropped her defamation case against him.
Kristina Ruehli, who is one of 50-plus women who have accused The Cosby Show star of molesting them, is no longer pursuing the defamation lawsuit she filed last year (15), in which she alleges the 78-year-old raped her in 1965.
Her decision to withdraw the case from federal court on Friday (24Jun16) is slightly surprising, as a motion to dismiss the suit, filed by Cosby's legal team, was rejected by a Massachusetts judge on Thursday (23Jun16).
According to Reuters, Ruehli did not explain why she had chosen not to move forward with the proceedings, but the Washington Post quotes her as stating her goal of bringing attention to Cosby's sexual assaults was fulfilled, prompting her to step away from the controversy for good.
Meanwhile, Cosby's attorneys have issued a statement claiming Ruehli's legal withdrawal is a sign pointing to their client's innocence.
"This is now the second of these defamation cases that has been dismissed, either by a court or by a party," the lawyers said in an email statement, referring to a similar lawsuit that was dismissed by a Pennsylvania federal judge in January (16). "We hope and expect that there will be more and we look forward to fighting any that are not dismissed before a jury of our peers.
"For those in the media who accepted every allegation raised without question or evaluation, they need to answer the well-known question with respect to Mr. Cosby: 'Which office do I go to get my reputation back?'"
But Cosby's legal troubles are far from over, as another defamation case involving seven women who have accused him of assaulting them is still pending in the state of Massachusetts, and he is also due in court next month (Jul16) to face a Pennsylvania judge on charges of criminal sexual assault.
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