Cosby prosecution asks U.S. appeals justice to revitalise insult lawsuit

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BOSTON (Reuters) – A counsel for an singer who claims Bill Cosby raped her in 1974 told a U.S. appeals justice on Wednesday that a comedian “destroyed” her repute by job her a liar after she came brazen with her allegations in a 2014 journal interview.

Katherine McKee’s counsel done that explain as he urged a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to revitalise a insult lawsuit she filed opposite Cosby formed on a minute his counsel sent a New York Daily News after it published a interview.

“This box is about insult and about restoring a good name and a good repute of Kathy McKee, that was broken by Bill Cosby in a minute he had published to a newspaper,” pronounced William Salo, McKee’s attorney.

Alan Greenberg, an profession for Cosby, argued a lawsuit was scrupulously discharged in February. He pronounced McKee by giving a talk became a open figure, that means she contingency infer Cosby acted with malice.

“She put her credit on a line by creation these terrible accusations in a many open way,” he said.

McKee is one of dozens of women who done allegations of passionate attack by Cosby going behind decades, ruinous his family-friendly repute built on a career highlighted by his purpose in a 1980s radio comedy “The Cosby Show.”

Most of a allegations are too aged to be criminally prosecuted, yet Cosby is available an Apr retrial in Pennsylvania on charges he intimately assaulted a former basketball manager during his alma mater, Temple University.

Cosby, 80, has denied indiscretion in all a cases, observant any encounters with his accusers were consensual.

McKee sued Cosby in 2015, a year after a Nevada proprietor told a journal he raped her in a Detroit hotel room in 1974.

She contended a minute that a counsel for Cosby sent a journal called her a liar by observant a essay was “defamatory,” characterizing her claims as “wild” and suggesting she had a rapist record by citing other accusers’ crimes.

During Thursday’s hearing, judges questioned because McKee was not a open figure given she came brazen amid a scandal.

“Why isn’t that a open controversy?” U.S. Circuit Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson asked.

U.S. Circuit Judge Sandra Lynch, meanwhile, asked because Cosby’s lawyer’s minute dived into a rapist backgrounds of other women while deliberating McKee.

“Its arrange of staining her with sand by creation a matter about other accusers,” Lynch said.

Reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman

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