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Appeals Court to Consider Defamation Case Against Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to examine a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who claims he raped her decades ago.

Katherine McKee is asking the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Wednesday to reinstate her lawsuit against Cosby, which a federal judge in Massachusetts dismissed in February.

The former actress says Cosby defamed her in a letter that his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a 2014 story about McKee’s rape allegations.

McKee’s lawyer says the letter was a “purposeful attack” on her character and reputation made with “ill will, malevolence and evil intent.”

The judge who dismissed the lawsuit said Cosby’s letter was protected by the First Amendment.

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