Disgraced comedian, Bill Cosby, thanked the Supreme Court after the latter dismissed the defamation case filed by Kathrine Mae McKee after his lawyer allegedly and maliciously called her a ‘liar’ after she came forward to accuse Cosby of raping her in Detroit in 1974.
In a Twitter post attributed to the 81-year-old comedian and managed by his spokesperson, Richard Wyatt, Cosby said: “I am grateful to the United States Supreme Court and to the federal courts in Massachusetts for upholding the law in this case,”
“I thank each of the Justices for their ruling, which gives me renewed hope that the fair and impartial courts in this country will go on to deliver justice.”
Cosby, who is serving a three- to 10-year sentence in a Pennsylvania prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, issued the statement after the high court declined a request, known as a writ of certiorari, to take up the suit brought by Kathrine Mae McKee.
The Supreme Court dismissed the case citing that McKee is a ‘limited purpose public figure.’
The case that was filed in a US District Court in February 2017 was dismissed at face value, and an appellate court later upheld the decision. McKee raised the appeal to the Supreme Court, but the body refused to hear it.
In an opinion wrote by Justice Clarence Thomas, public figures “are barred from recovering damages for defamation unless they can show that the statement at issue was made with “ ‘actual malice’ — that is, with the knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.”
Bill Cosby who starred in the 1990s hit TV show The Cosby Show and earned the nickname ‘America’s Dad’ now serves a ten-year prison sentence for raping and drugging Andrea Constand who is one of the women who accused her of sexual abuse.
With the dismissal of his defamation case, Cosby can now focus on other legal claims against him including the civil lawsuit filed by another sexual abuse victim – Chloe Groins. /apr