A judge ruled Monday that Bill Cosby can be questioned under oath by the lawyers of one-time supermodel Janice Dickinson in a defamation lawsuit filed against the former comedian.
According to Dickinson, Cosby allegedly raped her after accepting a glass wine and what he allegedly told her was a pill for menstrual cramps at his home in Lake Tahoe in 1982.
“The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” Dickinson said in a 2014 interview with Entertainment Tonight . “… Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”
Unable to sue Cosby directly for the sexual assault due to California’s statute of limitations, Dickinson claimed he tainted her as a liar with statements to the news media. She cited that Cosby and his laywer, Martin D. Singer, refuted her accusations as “false and outlandish.”
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A spokesman for Cosby told The New York Times that his legal team intends to appeal the judge’s decision.
“The court’s unfortunate but not surprising ruling permitting a limited deposition of Mr. Cosby regarding the statements of his former attorney Martin Singer was legally incorrect and deprives Mr. Cosby of a right well-settled under California law to have his motion to strike heard before unnecessary, expensive and burdensome discovery,” she said. “It is disturbing that Mr. Cosby is not receiving the same protections as every other defense litigant in California. We intend to appeal the court’s decision.”
Cosby is facing two other defamation lawsuits in addition of Dickinson’s and he continues to deny any wrongdoing.
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