Bill Cosby’s lawyers to ask judge to dismiss defamation suit

The lawsuit is filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, actor-comedian Bill Cosby poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for comedian Bill Cosby say they will ask a judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women who have accused the comedian of decades old sexual offenses.

In a legal brief filed Tuesday, Cosby’s lawyers say they plan to file their motion to dismiss Friday.

Tamara Green, a California lawyer who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1970s, originally brought the lawsuit in late 2014. Two other women later joined the suit: Therese Serignese, who says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1976, and Linda Traitz, who alleges he tried to drug her and then sexually groped her in 1970.

The lawsuit is filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, a city in western Massachusetts. Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

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