Cosby Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Sexual Abuse Accuser

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By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Bill Cosby has dropped his civil suit against Beverly Johnson, the supermodel who accused him of attempted sexual assault in 2014.

In her memoir (and in Vanity Fair), the supermodel alleged that Cosby drugged her and attempted to rape her in the 1980s. According to Johnson, Cosby slipped something into her coffee during an audition for a small part on The Cosby Show. She went on to claim that after she realized what was going on, Cosby hurriedly pushed her outside and into a cab.

Cosby sued Johnson for defamation in December, but his lawyers moved to dismiss the case yesterday.

"The case has been voluntarily dismissed at this time due to the pendency of the criminal proceedings in Montgomery County, PA, which impede Mr. Cosby's ability to fully participate in litigating the civil case against Ms. Johnson," Cosby's team said in a statement. "We fully expect to re-file the complaint against her prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations."

Cosby is currently facing a possible felony conviction for aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand. He's due back in court on March 8 for a pre-trial hearing.

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