A federal appeals court won't rehear a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied Kathrine McKee's request for a full-court hearing. A three-judge panel of the court had ruled against her in October.
The former actress said Cosby defamed her in a letter his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a story about McKee's allegations. Cosby's lawyers said the letter was protected by the First Amendment.
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McKee was among dozens of women who went public with allegations against Cosby. Cosby has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
A separate defamation lawsuit filed by seven other women is also pending in Massachusetts, where Cosby owns a home.