Bill Cosby reaches settlement with seven women in Mass. defamation lawsuit

Bill Cosby this week arrived at a settlement with several women who had accused the disgraced comedian of defaming them when he said their sexual misconduct allegations where not true.

According to court documents filed on Friday in Springfield, Mass., the 81-year-old comedian negotiated a confidential settlement with seven women, including Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Barbara Bowman, who say Cosby defamed them when he called them liars after they publicly accused him of sexual assaut. (The settlement still requires a judge's sign-off.)

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Joseph Cammarata, the attorney representing the women, said that while his clients are “satisfied with the settlement,” he will continue to depose Cosby if he does not drop his countersuits.

Cosby, who is serving three to 10 years behind bars in Pennsylvania over a seperate sex assault case, has denied the allegations filed in Massachusetts and filed counterclaims accusing his accusers of harming his reputation through their allegations.

Cosby's wife, Camille, had been ordered to give a deposition in the case in 2016, after a heated court fight over her testimony.

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Lawyers for the Cosbys tried to quash her subpoena to testify, saying she didn't have any relevant information on the women's claims and that any marital conversations she'd had with her husband of 50 years were confidential. The judge agreed that marital conversations were private, but the women's lawyers noted she also served as his business manager throughout their long marriage.

The case had largely been put on hold, though, while Cosby was caught up in a Pennsylvania criminal case, which involved a 2017 trial that ended in a deadlock and his conviction at a 2018 retrial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.