Bill Cosby: 'I didn't settle' defamation lawsuit and 'I'm not paying' but my insurer will

MSN | 4/5/2019 | Maria Puente
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© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

A civil defamation lawsuit filed by seven women against Bill Cosby has been settled, according to court filings and the plaintiffs' lawyer, but Cosby says he's spitting mad about it and blaming his insurance carrier.

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The Associated Press reported Friday that filings in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts, near one of Cosby's homes, show the two sides have negotiated a settlement since Cosby went to prison last fall in a separate criminal case in Pennsylvania.

After being convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault last year, Cosby, now 81, is serving a three- to 10-year prison sentence in Pennsylvania while appealing the conviction and sentence.

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But according to his spokesman Andrew Wyatt, Cosby had nothing to do with the Massachusetts settlement, and doesn't even acknowledge there is one.

"Mr. Cosby did not settle any cases with anyone," Wyatt emailed USA TODAY. "He is not paying anything to anyone, and he is still pursuing his counterclaims. AIG (Cosby's insurance carrier) decided to settle these cases, without the knowledge, permission and/or consent of Mr. Cosby.

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"Mr. Cosby vehemently denies the allegations brought against him in these defamation suits and he maintains his innocence," Wyatt said in his statement.

News of the settlement comes after the Supreme Court in February refused to consider a similar defamation lawsuit filed against Cosby by one of his accusers.

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© Elise Amendola/ AP Attorney Joseph Cammarata, right, in February 2016 in Springfield, Mass., after a deposition of Camille Cosby, wife of Bill Cosby.

The civil suit, one of a half-dozen filed against Cosby in recent years, involves seven women who claim Cosby defamed them when he accused them of lying about their...
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