Bill Cosby can be questioned in model Janice Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit, judge rules
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Monday that Bill Cosby and his former attorney can be deposed by model Janice Dickinson’s attorney in her defamation lawsuit against the comedian for denying he raped her.
Judge Debra Katz Weintraub ruled that Dickinson’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, can depose Cosby and his former attorney, Martin Singer, before Nov. 25.
The judge, in the tentative ruling, rejected the Cosby lawyers’ motion efforts to dismiss the case and found that the case boiled down to whether or not the rape happened.
Following that deposition, Cosby replaced Singer with Christopher Tayback as his attorney.
Bloom said she was pleased with the ruling and will conduct the depositions personally.
Dickinson sued Cosby in May after his lawyer issued a statement denying her allegation that the comedian raped her and called it “a lie.” The model alleged the denial amounts to defamation.
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