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Bill Cosby deposition in sexual abuse lawsuit expected Friday

  • Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz all claim to have been sexually assaulted by Cosby in the 1970s
  • The trio are suing the veteran comedian for defamation for allegedly tarnishing their reputations by labeling them liars
  • Today a federal court judge in Massachusetts refused to dismiss the lawsuit saying the women have a case
  • Also on Friday Cosby was expected to testify under oath in a lawsuit brought by Judy Huth who accuses the veteran comedian of sexual abuse 

By Ryan Parry West Coast Correspondent

Published: 18:17 EST, 9 October 2015 | Updated: 00:52 EST, 10 October 2015

Bill Cosby was shot down in federal court - in the battle with three women suing him for defamation - with the judge denying his motion to dismiss the lawsuit and stating the women have shown enough evidence to allow them to continue their fight with the comedian for allegedly tarnishing their reputations by labeling them liars.

Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz claim Cosby defamed them when they went public with their allegations of sexual assault.

Federal court judge Mark Mastroianni in Massachusetts today refused to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by the three women. 

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Three women are suing Cosby, pictured, for defamation because they claim he has tarnished their reputations by labeling them liars

Three women are suing Cosby, pictured, for defamation because they claim he has tarnished their reputations by labeling them liars

Therese Serignese
Linda Joy Traitz

Therese Serignese, pictured left, and Linda Traitz, pictured right, filed a defamation case against Bill Cosby

Tamara Green has filed a defamation case against Cosby
Tamara green is pictured back in the 1970s

Tamara Green is pictured left earlier this year and, right, back in the 1970s. She is one of three women who have filed a defamation case against Cosby 

In the past year, more than 50 women have come forward with allegations against Cosby including drugging, sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape. 

Green claims the comedian drugged her during lunch and then took her to her apartment and groped her back in the 70s.

She filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Cosby's team including his publicist had repeatedly made statements to the press that she was a liar.  

She claimed being branded a liar had hurt her personally and professionally.

Then on January 5 two of the other women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault joined in on Green's legal battle. 

Therese Serignese claims Cosby raped her backstage at a Las Vegas venue in the 1970s
Therese Serignese is pictured here in the 1970s

Therese Serignese, pictured left and right back in the 1970s, claims Cosby raped her backstage at a Las Vegas venue in the 1970s

Serignese and Traitz  filed an amended complaint with Green accusing him of also defaming them in the press.

Serignese explained that Cosby allegedly raped her in the 1970s backstage at a Vegas venue. 

She says he bent her over and sexually penetrated her and raped her that night. 

She said she never spoke about it until November - when all the other victims were coming forward - and as a result Cosby had his lawyer comment on her allegations calling her a liar and said Cosby never raped her.

The third alleged victim Traitz explained that Cosby drugged and groped her in the same time frame as the other girls. 

She said she took to her personal Facebook page late last year to explain her story. 

Following her posting the timeline of events she said Cosby's lawyer Marty Singer trashed her in the press saying her whole story was lies and she was never touched by the comedian. 

All three women claim Cosby knew the statements his lawyer made were lies and he did sexually assault or rape them. 

They stated as a result of his representatives making false statements about them that they have been severely damaged and their reputations hurt by being branded a liar. 

They filed the suit against Cosby for unspecified damages for what he has caused them.

Bill Cosby pictured as Dr Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable with his onscreen family in The Cosby Show during season one

Bill Cosby pictured as Dr Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable with his onscreen family in The Cosby Show during season one

Cosby demanded the entire lawsuit be thrown out saying any statements he released were in self-defense and were done to protect his reputation and career which were under attack by the women. 

He stated: 'The law entitles an individual who is accused of serious wrongdoing to rebut the allegations without facing defamation claims.' 

Cosby attempted to get the case thrown out even before discovery in the lawsuit had begun.

Today a federal court judge came back with the decision on Cosby's motion to dismiss the case and he shot the comedian down.

The judge explains that the women have provided enough evidence thus far to allow the case to continue on into the discovery portion. 

He says that the statements released by Cosby's team clearly make it out that the women were lying about their sexual assault allegations. 

He notes that whether their allegations are true or not will come out later but at this moment they have a right to proceed with their action against the comedian.

Most of the allegations of sexual abuse against Cosby, pictured, date back decades and therefore fall outside the statute of limitations for legal action.

Most of the allegations of sexual abuse against Cosby, pictured, date back decades and therefore fall outside the statute of limitations for legal action.

Further, the judge says that Cosby is an entertainment figure who surrounds himself with a team or publicists and lawyers - who are fully aware of the law - and given his knowledge of this world the comedian would have a clear line of communication with his team prior to statements being released. 

Therefore, any attempted argument that he wasn't involved with the comments being released isn't logical.

The judge shot down Cosby's motion to dismiss the case and is allowing the suit to continue. 

In this December 2014 file photo, Judy Huth, left, appears at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred outside the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division station. Huth accuses Cosby of sexual abuse

In this December 2014 file photo, Judy Huth, left, appears at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred outside the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division station. Huth accuses Cosby of sexual abuse

Also on Friday Cosby was expected to testify under oath in a lawsuit brought by Judy Huth who accuses the veteran comedian of sexual abuse, according to attorneys.

The deposition marks the first time Cosby has been directed to testify under oath in response to sexual misconduct complaints since a deposition he gave in a Pennsylvania case he settled out of court nine years ago. 

Most of the allegations of sexual abuse against Cosby date back decades and therefore fall outside the statute of limitations for legal action. 

However attorney Gloria Allred, representing accuser Huth, said her client's case cites repressed psychological injuries that she claims were only discovered in the last three years, which would allow legal action under the statute of limitations.  

A video camera will likely capture the proceedings but it will remain under seal for at least 60 days. The lawyers have been told not to discuss it.

Allred has been eagerly waiting to quizzed Cosby who she deems a sexual predator.

'Mr. Cosby, I'm really looking forward to seeing you in person at this deposition,' she said recently on CNN, adding he 'needs to get ready'.

The support group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests handed out informational pamphlets outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles on Friday to push for legal justice in sexual abuse cases.

Esther Miller, a member of 'Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests' (SNAP), passes out flyers while carrying signs in front of Los Angeles County Superior Court Stanley Mosk Courthouse after a news conference where they announced their support to women allegedly abused by Bill Cosby

Esther Miller, a member of 'Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests' (SNAP), passes out flyers while carrying signs in front of Los Angeles County Superior Court Stanley Mosk Courthouse after a news conference where they announced their support to women allegedly abused by Bill Cosby

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