LOS ANGELES • Comedian Bill Cosby sued model Beverly Johnson on Monday, saying she defamed him by accusing him of drugging her, and made her the eighth accuser he has filed a suit against this month.
Johnson is among more than 50 women who have come forward in the past year with claims that Cosby had drugged, and in numerous cases, sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades.
Cosby’s suit charges that Johnson, a leading model in the 1970s and 1980s, defamed him and intentionally inflicted emotional distress. He is demanding a jury trial, court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court showed. Cosby, 78, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and has never been criminally charged. Last week, he filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts, suing seven of the accusers for defamation. The seven women had filed suit against him last December accusing him of assault, libel and slander.
Johnson, 63, wrote in Vanity Fair in November last year that she was invited by the comedian in the mid-1980s to his home where he allegedly drugged her coffee.
Cosby’s lawsuit says he had never spent any time alone with Johnson at his home. He asked for an injunction requiring her to retract her statements and remove a chapter on him from her memoir.