EntertainmentJudge refuses to dismiss $10M rape lawsuit against Russell Simmons
Bill Cosby: 'I didn't settle' defamation lawsuit and 'I'm not paying' but my insurer will
Seven Bill Cosby accusers have settled their civil defamation lawsuit against him, but he denies he agreed to it or to pay them, blaming his insurance carrier. 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.
A California lawsuit in which a woman accuses music mogul Russell Simmons of rape will move forward, a judge ruled this week.
Simmons' request to dismiss a $10 million civil action against him, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by a Jane Doe, was denied on Thursday, according to court documents.
Judge Marc Gross said in his ruling that Simmons did not supply sufficient evidence to support his claim that the statute of limitations on the alleged rape had run out.
Simmons had also asked for $36,335 in sanctions against the unnamed accuser for what defense lawyers called a "frivolous action." Gross denied that request.
Judge scales back Weinstein suit, allows sex-traffic claim
A judge has ruled that a lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds. But U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein dramatically shrank the scope Thursday of an action trying to treat the disgraced movie producer and various companies like a mob organization. Hellerstein eliminated 17 claims against the once powerful movie mogul. Weinstein has denied engaging in any nonconsensual sex. Elior Shiloh, an attorney for Weinstein, said in a statement that his lawyers agree with Hellerstein's dismissal of most of the claims and will "explore all options" to get the final claim thrown out too.
Jane Doe, in her March 2018 lawsuit, claims Simmons raped her in his hotel room after they met at a concert. Simmons and his lawyer have vehemently denied the allegation, calling it "pure fiction."
In a statement Friday, Simmons insisted the case will eventually be thrown out because Doe claims the alleged attack occurred in 1988, well outside a two-year window for filing a civil action.
"The plaintiff herself admitted that the alleged incident happened 31 years ago," according to a statement from Simmons' camp. "The fact is, her allegations are false. Still, this attempt at extortion is at its end. It's a matter of paper work."
A lawyer for the accuser could not be immediately reached for comment Friday.
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