A Florida woman is suing Bill Cosby for defamation, accusing his representatives of tarnishing her reputation when she came forward with claims of sexual assault.
According to The Associated Press, Therese Serignese stated that her case is not about financial compensations but about clearing her "good name" during a brief hearing in Worcester, Mass., on Thursday.
"It hurts to be called the things that I have been called," Serignese, 58, said. "I take pride in my word. I'm an honest person. I came forward with statements of truth. I expect Mr. Cosby to be an honest person as well."
The suit includes two other plaintiffs, Tamara Green and Linda Traitz, both of whom claim to have been slandered by Cosby's representatives and branded liars after accusing the comedian of sexual assault. Cosby's lawyers claim the statements about the women were made in self-defense when he felt his own character was under attack.
The plaintiffs are only three of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault. Green says she was drugged and raped by Cosby in her apartment in the early 1970s. Traitz says he attempted to drug her and groped her in a beach in 1970.
Serignese says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1976 when she was 19, and that the two maintained sporadic contact until 1996. Serignese was one of the 13 Jane Does prepared to testify in Andrea Constand's 2004 case against Cosby. However, Constand settled and the case never moved forward.
During Thursday's hearing, a judge denied a request by lawyers representing Serignese, Green and Traitz to subpoena records from the lawyers for Constand.
Both sides are due back in federal court on June 9 for a hearing on Cosby's lawyers' motion to dismiss the defamation suit.