Megan Deluhery was quoted in an Associate Press article concerning the decision of her client to voluntarily dismiss her defamation case against Bill Cosby the day after a federal court judge ruled she was entitled to pursue her case, denying Cosby’s motion to dismiss.
The article reports that Ms. Deluhery's client, Kristina Ruehli, decided to not pursue her defamation case against Cosby any further because the legal landscape has changed since she first filed suit. Cosby is facing a criminal prosecution in Pennsylvania, while other defamation cases are pending against the entertainer.
On June 23, 2016, the federal judge assigned to Ms. Ruehli's case rebuffed Cosby's effort to dismiss it.
Prior to voluntarily dismissing the case, Ms. Ruehli obtained deposition testimony of her friend at the time who confirmed that she had reported the story to him immediately after it happened in 1965, corroborating that she described the underlying events at the time they occurred.
Ms. Deluhery told AP that her client's decision to voluntarily dismiss the case had nothing to do with the merits.
"She will watch the pending cases proceed in solidarity with other survivors, those known and unknown, while returning her focus, if she can on her daily life and trying to put behind her all the pain this ordeal has caused her," Deluhery said.
Ms. Ruehli alleged that Cosby falsely accused her of lying and tarnished her reputation when she came forward in 2014 to say he had attempted to force her to give him oral sex in 1965.