Bill Cosby. Photo by The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia via Wikimedia Commons
Bill Cosby. Photo by The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia via Wikimedia Commons

Lawyers for Bill Cosby dropped the comedian’s lawsuit alleging former supermodel Beverly Johnson defamed him by saying he drugged and tried to have sex with her.

Cosby’s attorneys filed a two-page document on Feb. 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court asking that the case be dismissed. The request is “without prejudice,” meaning Cosby could renew the litigation later.

The comedian’s complaint against Johnson, filed Dec. 21, alleged the model “joined the campaign to assassinate Mr. Cosby’s reputation and character by willfully, maliciously and falsely accusing Mr. Cosby of drugging her at his home in New York, and suggesting he did so in an effort to have sex with her.”

The 78-year-old entertainer, who is criminally charged in Pennsylvania with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, sought unspecified damages and also wanted a court order stopping Johnson from repeating her allegations.

Cosby has been accused by dozens of women of drugging and sexually assaulting them, although he has denied any wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty in the Pennsylvania case.

— City News Service 

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