Bill Cosby Defamation Lawsuit to Add 4 More Accusers

Scandal-plagued comedian is being sued by women who claim their reputations were smeared after leveling allegations against him

Bill Cosby‘s legal troubles continued to mount on Friday, as four more accusers signaled their intent to join an ongoing defamation lawsuit against the scandal-plagued comedian.

Papers filed in federal court in Massachusetts indicate that four more plaintiffs will sign on to a defamation suit previously filed by Cosby accusers Tamara Green, Linda Traitz and Therese Serignese.

According to a stipulation filed Friday, a third amended complaint will also include “new claims and allegations by the original three plaintiffs, all so that the seven plaintiffs may claim defamation, false light, and/or intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

Though the stipulation does not name the new plaintiffs, the New York Times identifies them as Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz and Angela Leslie.

In the suit, Tamara Green, Linda Traitz and Therese Serignese state that Cosby defamed them by denying their claims that he had sexually assaulted them through his representatives, including the comedian’s former lawyer, Martin Singer.

In the past year, Cosby has been accused of rape or sexual assault by dozens of women, many of whom claim that the former “The Cosby Show” star drugged them beforehand.

While Cosby has not been charged with a crime as a result of any of the allegations, he has been hit with multiple lawsuits, including by former model Janice Dickinson, who also claims that she was defamed after accusing Cosby.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.