Janice Dickinson declares victory in Cosby case


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Janice Dickinson shouted “Victory!” as her attorney hoisted the model’s hand in the air after a judge ruled that her defamation case against Bill Cosby can proceed.

Dickinson has sued Cosby for defamation after his legal team denied her allegations that the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982.

A judge ruled Tuesday that a jury could determine the credibility of Dickinson’s claims and whether a statement by Cosby’s former lawyer branding her a liar was defamatory.

Dickinson’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, said at a news conference outside a Los Angeles courthouse that the decision was significant because Cosby’s lawyers have fought to keep sexual abuse allegations from going to trial.

Dickinson called the ruling a victory for all women and said, “I will not go down.”

Cosby’s attorney, Christopher Tayback, declined to comment.


9:40 a.m.

A judge says she won’t dismiss model Janice Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby.

Dickinson sued Cosby for defamation last year after his legal team denied her claim that the comedian drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub ruled Tuesday that the denial that branded Dickinson a liar is a fact that can be determined at a trial.

Cosby’s attorneys tried to dismiss the suit, arguing Dickinson’s story had changed over the years. They will have several other opportunities to challenge the case before it goes to trial.

Dickinson says she tried to include the story in a 2002 memoir, but her publisher refused.

Her lawsuit says the denial by Cosby’s lawyers caused her to feel victimized again.


12:05 a.m.

A judge is scheduled to consider whether to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by model Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby.

Dickinson sued Cosby for defamation last year over his legal team’s denial of her claim that the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982.

Cosby’s attorneys are seeking a dismissal of the case because they say Dickinson has given differing accounts of her interactions with Cosby over the years.

They also contend that letters Cosby’s former attorney sent to reporters denying Dickinson’s claim were protected legal communications.

Cosby’s former attorney has denied the claim and called the model and reality television star a liar.

Dickinson’s suit states the denial caused her to feel re-victimized

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual abuse, but the statutes of limitations in most instances have passed.

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