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Bill Cosby to be deposed by model Janice Dickinson’s attorney

Bill Cosby’s former attorney seeks to remove judge in Janice Dickinson defamation suit

More than 50 women have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault or abuse.

(Victoria Will / Invision / Associated Press)

Bill Cosby is scheduled to be deposed by model Janice Dickinson’s attorney in her defamation lawsuit against the comedian for denying he raped her.

Lisa Bloom, Dickinson’s attorney, confirmed Wednesday that she will depose Cosby on Nov. 23. She also is slated to depose Cosby’s former attorney Martin Singer on Nov. 19.

Earlier this month, Judge Debre Katz Weintraub ruled that Bloom could depose Cosby and Singer before Nov. 25.

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But the judge limited the deposition to evidence showing the denial of the lawsuit’s main allegation — that Cosby raped the model in Lake Tahoe in 1982 — was made maliciously. The limitation essentially prevents extensive questioning of Cosby about the 50 other women who have accused him of sexual assault or abuse.

The judge also noted that Singer would be able to assert attorney-client privilege in not answering some questions.

The judge, in the tentative ruling, rejected Cosby’s lawyers’ efforts to dismiss the case and found that it boiled down to whether the rape happened. Cosby’s attorneys are seeking to appeal that decision.

Last month, attorney Gloria Allred, who is Bloom’s mother, deposed Cosby, 78, in a lawsuit by Judy Huth, who alleges she was sexually assaulted by the comedian in the 1970s at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old.

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Following that deposition, Cosby replaced Singer with attorney Christopher Tayback.

Dickinson sued Cosby in May after his lawyer issued a statement denying her allegation that the comedian raped her and calling it “a lie.” The model claimed the denial amounts to defamation.

Dickinson says she was drugged and raped in 1982. She is one of five women who are suing for defamation after Cosby’s legal and public relations team made statements denying their allegations.

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