Appeals court to consider defamation case against Bill Cosby

Katherine McKee claims Bill Cosby raped her years ago

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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2017 file photo Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa. A woman is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a lawsuit accusing comedian Cosby of defaming her when his representative disputed a news story about her rape allegations. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Boston, is to hear arguments Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Katherine McKee's case against Cosby. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to examine a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who claims he raped her decades ago.

Katherine McKee is asking the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Wednesday to reinstate her lawsuit against Cosby, which a federal judge in Massachusetts dismissed in February.

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The former actress says Cosby defamed her in a letter that his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a 2014 story about McKee’s rape allegations.

McKee’s lawyer says the letter was a “purposeful attack” on her character and reputation made with “ill will, malevolence and evil intent.”

The judge who dismissed the lawsuit said Cosby’s letter was protected by the First Amendment.

 

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