SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Battles in court continued for Bill Cosby Thursday. The well-known comedian is facing multiple lawsuits, in addition to accusations of sexual abuse by dozens of women. At federal court in Springfield on Thursday, Cosby’s lawyers argued to have one of those cases put on hold.
The case up for discussion was filed by the insurance company, American International Group, which said that Cosby’s homeowner’s policy doesn’t require them to pay for his lawyer fees, which they are doing right now. 22News asked AIG’s lawyers why they’re not responsible for Cosby’s legal costs, but they had no comment.
“We’re not allowed to talk to the press, how’s that?” an attorney representing AIG said.
But Kirk Pasich, who represents Cosby, said that they still feel AIG should continue to pay.
“Well, I think it’s safe to say that Mr. Cosby does believe he’s entitled to insurance for this,” Pasich said.
Inside the courtroom, this turned into a three-sided debate, with lawyers representing women who filed defamation lawsuits against Cosby arguing their point to the judge.
“What AIG has done is ask the court to stay or put a hold on the defamation case, a whole separate case,” explained Attorney Joseph Cammarata, who represents seven women suing Cosby. “So I was there to tell the judge, don’t do that! Let this case go forward.”
Cammarata’s clients argue that Cosby branded them as liars after going public with their sexual abuse accusations against him.
Cammarata says he’s fine with both cases going on at the same time, while Cosby’s lawyers want the case with AIG put on hold until the defamation case is finished.
Cosby is a western Massachusetts resident, living in the Franklin County town of Shelburne.