Bill Cosby has a new defamation lawsuit against him. A New Hampshire woman named Kristina Ruehli filed a federal lawsuit on Monday stating Bill Cosby falsely accused her of lying when she came forward last year, saying he drugged and raped her back in 1965.
CBS News reports Ruehli’s lawsuit follows similar actions of several other Cosby accusers in both Massachusetts and California. Kristina Ruehli filed her lawsuit in Springfield, near where Bill Cosby owns a home.
“In making the false and defamatory statements, Mr. Cosby held Ms. Ruehli up to public scorn and ridicule, injured her good name and reputation and caused her severe emotional distress,” her lawyers state in the lawsuit.
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Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, and Linda Traitz have filed suits similar to Ruehli’s. Bill Cosby’s lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the three lawsuits before they went to trial. Last month, however, a judge denied the request for dismissal.
Kristina Ruehli says she met Bill Cosby while working at a Los Angeles talent agency when she was 22. She says Bill Cosby invited her–along with others–to a party at his home. When she arrived there were very few people there, and Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, was out of town.
Ruehli, whose named was Donna Czapla then, says she accepted two cocktails from Bill Cosby. She passed out, only to wake up later in his bed–naked–with Bill Cosby trying to force her to perform oral sex on him.
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She says she threw up several times, left his home, and never saw Bill Cosby again.
Kristina Ruehli told her story to a Philadelphia magazine in 2014. Bill Cosby’s lawyers called her a liar.
This story sounds eerily familiar. Does it seem preposterous that this many women would all want Bill Cosby framed? Or is it far more likely that the lovable Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show isn’t the man fans long loved?