Former teen-actress asks US court to revive Cosby lawsuit

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 7, 2016 1:31 PM

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his criminal sex-assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, July 7, 2016. A Pennsylvania judge denied Cosby's effort to compel the accuser in his case to testify before trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Philadelphia) -- A former teen-actress who accuses Bill Cosby of molesting her asked a federal appeals court in Philadelphia to revive her defamation lawsuit against the actor-comedian.

Renita Hill, of Pittsburgh, says she was defamed when Cosby, his wife and his then-lawyer questioned abuse accusations raised in late 2014 by Hill and other women. Cosby lawyer Martin Singer had called the new accounts ``fantastical,'' ``ridiculous,'' ``illogical'' and beyond ``absurd.''

A federal court in Massachusetts is allowing several women to sue Cosby for defamation over the statement, but a Pittsburgh judge dismissed Hill's lawsuit.

The appeals court judges heard arguments Friday. They didn't indicate when they would rule.

The 79-year-old Cosby is awaiting a criminal trial in June on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

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