Bill Cosby has agreed to settle the lawsuits filed by seven women who claim to have defamed them when he accused them of lying about allegations of sexual misconduct.
Court documents filed Friday in Springfield, Massachusetts, show that the two sides negotiated a deal since Cosby went to prison last fall in a sexual assault case in Pennsylvania. The eighty-three-year-old comedian is serving a prison sentence of three to ten years.
The judge overseeing the libel case in Massachusetts has yet to approve the agreement. The terms are confidential.
It is still unclear whether Cosby will renounce his counter-arguments against the seven women, including one who died recently. They are among the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. He denied their accusations and is appealing to his conviction in Pennsylvania.
Neither the Cosby spokesman nor a principal lawyer in the case of defamation immediately returned messages awaiting comments.
The women who sued Cosby for libel have declared that they have defamed them by giving them liars after they have been made public with allegations of sexual violence. They include Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Barbara Bowman.
Cosby denied their accusations.
The lawyer Joseph Cammarata, who represents the women, told the Associated Press that "each plaintiff is satisfied with the agreement". He declined to comment further.
However, he warned in a health report submitted on Friday that his clients would try to depose Cosby and collect other documents and evidence if he did not withdraw the counterclaims, which accuse women of damaging his reputation through their accusations.
Cosby's wife, Camille, was charged with delivering a deposition in the case in 2016, after a heated discussion in court about her testimony.
Cosby lawyers tried to invalidate his subpoena to testify, saying he had no relevant information about the women's claims and that any marital conversation he had with his 50-year-old husband was confidential. The judge agreed that marital conversations were private, but women's lawyers noted that he also served as company manager throughout their long marriage.
The case had been largely suspended, while Cosby was in the midst of the Pennsylvania criminal case, which involved a 2017 trial that ended at a standstill and his condemnation to a new 2018 trial.