Bill Cosby on Monday (December 14) filed a countersuit in federal court in Massachusetts, claiming that seven women who have accused him of drugging and sexually exploiting them are guilty of "malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory accusations of sexual misconduct." Attorney Tamara Green is one who was sued.
Cosby claims in the suit that the publicity caused by the accusations has caused some of his planned shows to be canceled. On the day the suit was filed, Boston University revoked an honorary degree it had awarded him.
The lawyer for Green and the other six women pooh-poohed the suit, saying that Cosby has "taken a page out of the defense attorney's playbook" by trying to shift the focus from the women's charges.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented alleged victims of former mayor Bob Filner, also represents women who have made charges against Cosby. Allred said Cosby "appears to be going to war" against women who have sued him in Massachusetts.
One of the defendants is Tamara Green, who lists her address with the state bar as a Fallbrook UPS mail drop. Green was one of the first women to come out against Cosby. She told Newsweek last year that she was a 19-year-old model in the 1970s when Cosby gave her two pills and tried to undress her. She passed out and found two 100-dollar bills on a table after she awakened. In 2004, she heard that "another girl had been drugged and assaulted by him," and, against her lawyer's advice, gave her story to the other woman's attorney.
Eventually, she filed a defamation suit against Cosby, who has an advantage in accusatory suits: the alleged sexual incidents happened so long ago that the statute of limitations has expired.
After she told her story, the media assaulted her with information that still is publicly available on the California State Bar website. She told People.com last year, "I'm not perfect and I've made mistakes...[but] I'm not a murderer. I'm a person who overdrew my trust account."
That is only one thing mentioned on the state bar website. In a document filed in late 2005, the bar relates how it admitted Green to its Program for Respondents with Substance Abuse or Mental Health Issues, but then terminated her, suspending her from the practice of law for six months and putting her on probation for five years. The bar then cited two instances in which she mishandled clients' money and cited other transgressions, such as moving from her office in Ventura and never letting a client know where she was. In another case, she failed to appear at a trial and did not arrange for alternate counsel.
She admitted culpability in the three matters and in 2006 was suspended from practicing law for six months. She had been briefly suspended in 2004 for failing to pay bar fees. She is now eligible to practice but has not told the bar her phone or fax numbers or email address. The bar has no information on where she attended undergraduate school. She has told publications that she has retired from the practice of law.