Bill Cosby and his former lawyer Marty Singer will have to give new depositions in Janice Dickinson’s defamation case over her allegations of sexual assault, Dickinson’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, confirmed.
The decision was made Monday in a L.A. Superior Court hearing by judge Debra K. Weintraub. In November, the model and former “America’s Next Top Model” judge came out against Cosby, telling Entertainment Tonight that he drugged and raped her in 1982. Singer, Cosby’s lawyer at the time, issued a statement of denial, saying Dickinson’s story was “an outrageous defamatory lie” and “completely fabricated.”
Dickinson fired back in May, suing Cosby for defamation. In her statement, she said Cosby denied her story “with the intent and effect of revictimizing her and destroying the professional reputation she’s spent decades building.”
Cosby and Singer will have to give their depositions before Nov. 25. Additional dates are still being worked out, said Bloom.
Cosby’s lawyers argued in their anti-SLAPP motion that Dickinson’s lawyers would have to prove malice. Weintraub rejected that motion, and now Cosby and Singer will have to testify on whether or not they knew if the allegations were true before issuing the public denial.
The decision comes just a few weeks after Cosby and Singer parted ways. Cosby is now being represented legally by Christopher Tayback of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan.
Cosby was recently deposed Oct. 9 in the case of Judy Huth, the details of which are sealed to the public until Dec. 22. Huth claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15. Model Chloe Goins has also filed a suit against Cosby, claiming he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.
More than 50 women have now come out against Cosby with various allegations of drugging and sexual assault.