Bill Cosby, accused by more than 40 women of sexual assault, has filed a lawsuit claiming that several of them lied about him for financial gain.

The 78-year-old is seeking unspecified monetary damages and said the women inflicted emotional distress. He called their accusations “nothing more than an opportunistic attempt to extract financial gain from him”.

According to BBC News, Mr. Cosby filed the countersuit after seven of his accusers went to court seeking damages from the actor.

Their lawsuit alleges Mr. Cosby and his representatives sought to tarnish their reputations after they went public with their claims of sexual misconduct.

Mr. Cosby has repeatedly denied the accusations and has never been criminally charged.

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