Bill Cosby Ordered to Give New Deposition in Janice Dickinson Defamation Case
By Raphael Chestang
Janice Dickinson's lawyer, Lisa Bloom, confirms to ET that Bill Cosby has been ordered to give a new deposition concerning Dickinson's defamation case against the 78-year-old comedian.
"We are pleased that this morning the court granted our motion to permit us to take the depositions of Bill Cosby and his attorney, Martin Singer, forthwith," Bloom said in a statement. "The Honorable Debre Weintraub ordered that the depositions take place by November 25, 2015."
Cosby and Singer actually parted ways in May, at which point, Christopher Tayback of Quinn Emanuel stepped in to handle Cosby's legal affairs.
Dickinson is one of over 50 women who have accused Cosby of attempted or actual sexual assault.
The 60-year-old supermodel claims that Cosby "drugged and raped her in or about 1982." In an exclusive interview with ET last year, Dickinson claimed that Cosby contacted her after she got out of rehab and convinced her to travel to Lake Tahoe to have dinner and discuss a possible job opportunity. She alleged that after dinner he gave her a pill that she thought would alleviate menstrual cramps.
"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," she alleged. "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."
In response to Dickinson's allegations, Cosby's lawyer at the time, Singer, issued a statement of denial, calling Dickinson's claims "a fabricated lie."
In her defamation complaint, Dickinson alleges that Cosby defamed her in his denial and claims that the denial was "written and published with the goal of making Ms. Dickinson an object of ridicule, contempt, hatred or disgrace, and to bring her public and personal humiliation."
The new order comes after Cosby's Oct. 9 deposition in the case of Judy Huth, who claims in a lawsuit that Cosby molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15. It was ruled the details of that deposition are to be sealed from the public until Dec. 22, so the court can decide which portions may or may not be kept confidential.
Cosby has never been charged in any criminal case regarding the accusations brought against him.
Cosby's attorney's responded to Judge Weintraub's decision in a statement to ET, writing, "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. 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."