11:00am PT by Ashley Cullins
Bill Cosby's Libel Accusers Want Attorney Monique Pressley off His Case
The women suing Bill Cosby for libel in Massachusetts want his attorney Monique Pressley removed from the case because they claim she started also representing Camille Cosby without completing the proper paperwork.
"Ms. Pressley is not a member of the Massachusetts bar and never sought or obtained permission from this Court to appear on Mrs. Cosby’s behalf," writes Joseph Cammarata, attorney for Tamara Green, in a motion filed Tuesday.
Green, and six other women, are suing Cosby for libel over denials by his reps that they were sexually assaulted.
On Camille’s motion to quash her deposition subpoena, Pressley was identified as “Pro Hac Vice Pending,” but she hadn’t actually filed an application to represent her, according to the claim, and during that deposition Pressley “stated on the record that she was representing Mrs. Cosby.”
Cammarata's motion doesn't stop at the local rules or this current case. It also claims Pressley previously violated rules regarding the unauthorized practice of law in Maryland and failed to to timely disclose attempted evidence-tampering in a D.C. case.
"Ms. Pressley’s decision to purportedly represent Mrs. Cosby in this action was intentional, or inexcusably negligent at best," Cammarata writes. "Ms. Pressley has demonstrated an indifference to following court rules, particularly those regarding the unauthorized practice of law. The Court should exercise its discretion not only to preclude Ms. Pressley from attempting to represent Mrs. Cosby — whom Ms. Pressley never had permission to represent — but from appearing in this case at all."
A spokesman for the Cosbys and their attorneys tells The Hollywood Reporter "We believe it's a meritless motion that will be denied."
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for April 13.
In February, Cosby’s attorneys asked the court to stay this lawsuit while the comedian faces a criminal charge of sexual assault in Montgomery County, Pa., in connection to a 2004 incident involving ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
Cosby is also defending a defamation suit in California from former supermodel Janice Dickinson, who claims Cosby falsely accused her of lying in a 2014 television interview in which she said he drugged and raped her in 1982.
This story has been updated with a response from Pressley's spokesman.