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Woman seeks revival of defamation suit against Bill Cosby

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  • FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2017 file photo Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa. A woman is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a lawsuit accusing comedian Cosby of defaming her when his representative disputed a news story about her rape allegations. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Boston, is to hear arguments Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Katherine McKee's case against Cosby.

    FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2017 file photo Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa. A woman is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a lawsuit accusing comedian Cosby of defaming her when his representative disputed a news story about her rape allegations. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Boston, is to hear arguments Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Katherine McKee's case against Cosby.
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BOSTON -- An attorney for a woman who says Bill Cosby raped her more than four decades ago has urged a federal appeals court to revive her defamation lawsuit against the comedian.

F. William Salo told a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday that Cosby destroyed Katherine McKee's reputation when his lawyer wrote a letter demanding a retraction of a 2014 New York Daily News story about her rape allegations.

Cosby's attorney told the judges that a federal court in Massachusetts was right to dismiss her lawsuit. Alan Greenberg said McKee would have to prove Cosby acted with actual malice because she became a kind of public figure when she gave the interview.

The judges are expected to rule in the coming weeks.

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