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Bill Cosby’s lawyers won’t respond to woman’s bid to bring lawsuit before Supreme Court

Bill Cosby left court during a hearing in August, 2017.
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Bill Cosby left court during a hearing in August, 2017.

Lawyers for Bill Cosby will not respond in writing to a request from a woman to have the US Supreme Court review the lawsuit she filed against the disgraced comedian in Massachusetts.

Attorneys for Cosby, 80, on Monday waived his right to respond to the request from Kathrine Mae McKee, who alleged in her suit that the entertainer raped her in 1974, legal filings show.

A federal judge in Boston last year threw out McKee’s suit, which alleged that Cosby defamed her through his lawyer by calling her a liar when she went public with her claims. An appeals court upheld the dismissal in October.

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McKee’s lawyer filed a formal request, known as a writ of certiorari, to have the Supreme Court take up the case in April. Cosby’s legal team had until Wednesday to respond.

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In a one-page filing Monday, a lawyer for Cosby, Sarah Kelly-Kilgore, informed the high court that her client won’t file a response to McKee’s request. No reason was given for the waiver.

The Supreme Court must now decide whether to take up McKee’s case. The court receives thousands of such requests each year and accepts only a small percentage of cases for review.

Cosby, meanwhile, is awaiting sentencing for his April conviction on charges of sexually assaulting a woman at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

Dozens of women have come forward in recent years to accuse the fallen entertainer of drugging and sexually assaulting them over a period of decades. He still faces multiple lawsuits from accusers in Massachusetts and other jurisdictions.

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Recently, Cosby posted a video clip on his Twitter feed of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, voicing support for the now-convicted sex offender.

Above the video, Cosby posted several hashtags including #ThankYouMinsterFarrakhan and #IMaintainMyInnocence.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.