Former comedian Bill Cosby hasn’t been in the news very much recently, but the criminal case against him is still pending and he is still being sued by multiple women who have accused him of sexual assault.
Most recently, Cosby has been accused of withholding important court documents for a defamation lawsuit launched against the comedian by his accusers, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
This lawsuit, which was started back in 2014, is separate from his upcoming retrial in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Documents obtained by the U.K. Daily Mail reportedly show that the seven women involved in the civil case have demanded that Cosby end the “sluggish pace” of turning over documents.
A judge had previously allowed this particular case to be given lower priority because of Cosby’s sexual assault case. However, since Cosby’s first trial ended in a mistrial in June, and his retrial has been pushed to 2018, the women are demanding that the lawsuit move forward.
“(Cosby) has enjoyed the benefits of a one-sided stay, free to conduct discovery unhindered while giving up nothing to Plaintiffs in return,” the court documents state, according to the Daily Mail.
The lawsuit was started by Tamara Green, one of the first women to publicly accuse Cosby of sexual assault. A representative for Cosby at the time claimed that she was a liar.
According to Green, the assault occurred in 1970, when she was a aspiring model in Los Angeles. Cosby reportedly gave Green two pills during lunch because she was not feeling well, and offered to take her home. At her apartment, according to Green, Cosby stripped her, groped her, forcibly kissed her and then “pleasured himself.”
He put two $100 bills on a coffee table before leaving, Green stated.
It is unclear what will happen to Cosby because of these allegations. A judge certainly could rule that because of the 2018 trial date, Cosby should be forced to increase the pace at which he turns over documents. That would make sense.
Ultimately, this is a case that is going to drag out for quite some time. This likely isn’t the last we will hear of Cosby’s lawsuit.