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Cosby faces defamation lawsuit

A woman who has accused Bill Cosby of raping her in the 1970s has filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian, alleging he "publicly branded" her a liar when his lawyer called her claims "absolutely false".

Tamara Green says in a lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday that Cosby drugged and raped her when she was an aspiring model. MsGreen first spoke publicly about the alleged rape in 2005.

She says after she did media interviews earlier this year, Cosby's lawyer and publicist both made statements intended to expose her to public contempt and ridicule.

The lawyer, Walter M Phillips Jr, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Cosby, who has a home in Massachusetts, is the lawsuit's only defendant.

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