Judge Orders Bill Cosby To Give Deposition In Janice Dickinson Suit
A judge ruled today that Bill Cosby must make a deposition by November in Janice Dickinson's defamation suit against him. Model Janice Dickinson filed a claim against Bill Cosby in May for defamation after Cosby's former attorney, Martin Singer, denied her allegations that Cosby raped her in 1982, calling her accusations "false and outlandish." She said that because of these denials, her reputation has been damaged.
Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub ordered today that Cosby and Singer, who Cosby fired last month, must appear for a deposition some time before November 25, according to City News Service. The pair may assert attorney-client privilege and not answer some question, and Dickinson's lawyers may only ask questions to determine whether the denials were made with malicious intent.
According to Dickinson, she and Cosby had dinner back in 1982 at a Lake Tahoe hotel because Cosby told her he had a job opportunity for her. She said that after dinner, she complained of cramps and Cosby offered her a glass of red wine and a pill to help. She said she passed out, and that, "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."
Dickinson said she didn't tell anyone at first because she was embarrassed by what had happened. She said that she wanted to discuss the incident her 2002 memoir, but that she was pressured not to do so by her publisher.
Pablo Fenjves, Dickinson's ghostwriter, backed up her claims, the OC Register reports.
Dickinson is only one of several women who have come forward accusing Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, and Cosby also faced deposition in a case involving the alleged 1974 sexual assault of an underage girl at the Playboy Mansion.