Bill Cosby wins in Pennsylvania court; defamation lawsuit dismissed

Story highlights

  • Renita Hill, one of the more than 50 women who have publicly accused Cosby of assault, filed the civil suit in October
  • A judge rules comments made by Cosby, his wife and his attorneys about Hill to the media were not defaming

(CNN)It was a win for Bill Cosby in court on Thursday.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania sided with the disgraced comedian and granted Cosby's motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit, according to court records.
Renita Hill, one of the more than 50 women who have publicly accused Cosby of assault, filed the civil suit in October alleging that the actor and his lawyer defamed Hill in the media, court records show.
    Judge Arthur J. Schwab dismissed the three claims against Cosby, ruling that the statements "do not support a claim for defamation as defined by Pennsylvania law," according to the ruling.
    Hill's claims of defamation cite three instances in which Cosby and his team said the accusers needed to be fact-checked.
    In November 2014, following Hill's public accusation of rape, Cosby and his lawyer told The Washington Post that the women coming forward had "unsubstantiated, fantastical stories."
    That same day, Cosby declined to respond to the "innuendos" being made about him to Florida Today, stating that "people should fact-check."