Insurer Settles Suit with Another Cosby Accuser, Drawing His Wrath
PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby’s insurance coverage firm, American International Group, has settled a sexual-battery lawsuit that was filed in opposition to him by Chloe Goins, a mannequin who accused Mr. Cosby of assaulting her in 2008, the incarcerated comic’s workplace stated on Tuesday.
Mr. Cosby, who’s serving time in a Pennsylvania jail for assaulting one other lady in 2004, lashed out at AIG, saying the settlement — whose phrases weren’t disclosed — was “unauthorized.”
“AIG continues to behave egregiously by settling these heinous claims with out my information and/or consent,” Mr. Cosby stated in an announcement that his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, stated he took down over the cellphone on Monday.
In early April, seven different ladies agreed to settle claims of defamation, which they introduced in opposition to Mr. Cosby in federal courtroom in Massachusetts after he accused them of falsely saying he had sexually assaulted them. AIG, as Mr. Cosby’s insurer, additionally settled these claims.
Mr. Cosby has stated via his spokesman that he plans to proceed pursuing counterclaims in opposition to the ladies, within the Goins case and the others.
In 2016, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s workplace declined to convey felony costs within the Goins case, saying attainable misdemeanor costs have been barred by the statute of limitations and that there was inadequate proof to pursue extra critical costs. Mr. Cosby stated his authorized workforce had supplied medical data to indicate that he was in New York recovering from eye surgical procedure on the time that Ms. Goins stated he assaulted her.
Mr. Cosby in his assertion accused AIG of making an attempt to “destroy” him and his household, and he urged different policyholders to “drop this pathetic insurance coverage firm rapidly.” He stated he had been a policyholder with AIG for greater than 20 years.
Matthew Gallagher, a spokesman for AIG, declined to remark. As a matter of apply, insurance coverage firms don’t essentially want a shopper’s permission to settle a case. Mr. Gallagher has beforehand stated that “sure insurance coverage insurance policies present insurers with the authority to resolve claims when the insured has been knowledgeable.”
Spencer Kuvin, an lawyer for Ms. Goins, stated his shopper was happy with the settlement however he declined to reveal its phrases or say why all sides agreed to settle the case, which had been filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
“The case is resolved to Ms. Goins’s satisfaction, and we filed our dismissal at the moment,” Mr. Kuvin stated. He stated that plans to depose Mr. Cosby in jail had now been dropped. “With the dismissal of the lawsuit, no additional motion shall be taken on the file,” he stated.
Mr. Wyatt stated a deposition of Mr. Cosby within the Goins case had been scheduled for April 18, forward of a attainable trial in June, however the deposition was dropped due to the settlement. “AIG behind our backs determined to enter negotiations with Chloe’s lawyer and are available to a settlement,” Mr. Wyatt stated in an interview.
Still energetic are lawsuits from two ladies, Judy Huth and Janice Dickinson, who’ve accused Mr. Cosby of sexual assault.
Last September, Mr. Cosby, 81, was sentenced to serve three to 10 years in jail after his conviction in April on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. The lady he assaulted, Andrea Constand, was a Temple University worker on the time who had gone to fulfill him at his house outdoors Philadelphia.