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Partner Joseph Cammarata Discusses Criminal Conviction of Bill Cosby on Fox News, Pending Defamation Lawsuit Filed by CSCS

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Partner Joseph Cammarata recently appeared on the nationally televised program “Fox News @ Night” with Shannon Bream to discuss the criminal conviction of Bill Cosby. Cosby, who has faced allegations of sexual assault and misconduct from numerous women spanning more than 40 years, was recently found guilty by a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania jury on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004. The criminal conviction made international headlines, and the 80-year-old comedian now faces up to 10 years in prison on each count.

Partner Cammarata was asked to discuss the guilty verdict on Fox News the evening it was announced not only because he has become a trusted resource for providing media outlets with legal commentary on high profile issues, including civil legal actions against the President, but also because Mr. Cammarata and our legal team are currently representing seven women in a civil defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby. The case, which is currently pending in Federal Court in Massachusetts, claims that Mr. Cosby, through his publicist and attorney, defamed these women by branding them as liars and tarnishing their reputations after they courageously stepped forward to accuse the comedian of sexual assault. An amended complaint filed in November 2015 further alleges claims of false light (involving offensive and embarrassing implications) and intentional infliction of emotional distress (resulting in extreme psychological distress).

During his interview with Fox News Anchor Shannon Bream, Partner Cammarata discusses his reaction to the guilty verdict. As he states, the evidence presented in the criminal case against Cosby was overwhelming, and showed a pattern and practice of Mr. Cosby mentoring and then abusing young women.

You can view a clip of Partner Cammarata’s appearance on Fox News @ Night below:

During the interview, Partner Cammarata also comments on statements from Cosby’s criminal defense lawyers following the conviction, in which they expressed their disagreement with the outcome and intent to file an appeal. He points to the power of the judicial system and trial by jury, in which real people who comprise our society are presented with evidence and arguments when tasked with making determinations about a person’s guilt or innocence.

The same concept, though with a different burden of proof (preponderance of the evidence or “more likely than not” as opposed to beyond a reasonable doubt), will also apply to any civil lawsuits against Cosby, including the suit filed by Partner Cammarata and CSCS. Just as the prosecution in this criminal case worked diligently to provide all relevant facts and information in regard to Cosby’s guilt, our legal team intends to detail the pertinent facts that will show Mr. Cosby defamed our clients when he publicly branded them to be liars. Although the civil case will not entail any sort of criminal conviction or the prospect of a prison sentence, it can provide the women with the justice they rightfully deserve, and send a message that individuals who engage in predatory behavior can be held accountable. Mr. Cammarata further notes that the defamation case against Mr. Cosby, which was on hold pending the outcome of the criminal trial, will now return to active litigation. He states that our clients are anxious to have their day in court, and to have their good name and reputation restored.

Our firm is proud to be led by nationally recognized attorneys like Partner Joseph Cammarata, who is valued for his insight and legal opinions, and for his ability to protect the rights of injured and wronged victims as they make their voices heard in our civil justice system. His experience and commitment to clients, along with our entire legal team’s passion for justice, enable us to handle challenging cases involving sexual assault, abuse, and misconduct. This includes our work not only in the case against Mr. Cosby, but also other high profile cases involving victims of notable figures, including victims of DC Rabbi Bernard Freundel.

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. will continue to provide new updates regarding the Cosby defamation lawsuit as they arise. If you have questions about these issues, or wish to discuss a potential case, contact us today.