Kristina Ruehli of New Hampshire filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday saying Cosby made "false and defamatory statements" about her, calling her a liar last year after she claimed that he raped her in 1965. Her lawyers are seeking unspecified damages.
"Mr. Cosby held Mrs. Ruehli up to public scorn and ridicule, injured her good name and reputation and caused her severe emotional distress," according to court documents obtained by the AP.
Ruehli says she met Cosby when she was 22 and working as a secretary at a talent agency in Los Angeles. (She was then named Donna Czapla.) She claims Cosby invited her to a party at his home, where he gave her two drinks that caused her to pass out; she says she later woke up naked in Cosby's bed with him trying to force her to give him oral sex.
Ruehli is the fourth alleged victim to file a defamation suit against Cosby.