Bill Cosby to Give Deposition in Janice Dickinson Defamation Lawsuit

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By Tim Kenneally and Pamela Chelin

Bill Cosby and his former attorney Marty Singer will go on the hot seat in a defamation brought by model Janice Dickinson.

In a hearing Monday, a judge granted Dickinson’s request for discovery, including Cosby and Singer, a representative for Dickinson’s lawyer told TheWrap.

Cosby and Singer — who had been representing the scandal-ravaged comedian — parted ways last month.

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Dickinson filed suit against Cosby in May, claiming that the model has suffered defamation and emotional distress resulting from denials by Cosby’s representatives of her claims that the comedian sexually assaulted her. “We are absolutely delighted at this victory today. It is going to be a long fight but this one victory is an important victory,” Dickinson’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, told TheWrap on Monday. “We are up against Mr. Cosby and all his money and power and all his lawyers and so we are very pleased that the judge, reading from the bench, made a very thorough and detailed decision in our favor.”

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Per the judge’s order, Cosby and Singer will be deposed prior to November 25.

Last November, former America’s Next Top Model judge Dickinson came forward to claim that Cosby assaulted her in 1982 in Lake Tahoe, adding that the comedian gave her wine and pills that caused her to pass out.

“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,” Dickinson claimed. “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.”

Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, quickly and strongly denied Dickinson’s claims, calling them an “outrageous defamatory lie.”

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In October, Cosby sat for a deposition in relation to a lawsuit brought by Judy Huth, who alleges that Cosby brought her to the Playboy Mansion in 1974, instructing her to pretend that she was 19, even though she was only 15 at the time, and “proceeded to sexually molest her by attempting to put his hand down her pants, and then taking her hand in his hand and performing a sex act on himself without her consent.” The contents of the Huth deposition will remain under seal at least until December 22, when U.S. Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlan is expected to review the testimony and consider attorneys’ arguments over whether a protective order should be placed on it. In the past year, Cosby has been accused by dozens of women who claim that Cosby had raped or sexually assaulted then, with many of the women claiming that he drugged them beforehand. Singer has denied the accusations in the past.