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Updated: Monday, November 2, 2015, 5:15 PM
A judge says Bill Cosby and his former attorney should be deposed by lawyers for Janice Dickinson in the model’s defamation lawsuit against the embattled comedian.
Bill Cosby and his ex-lawyer will have to explain under oath why they branded former model Janice Dickinson a liar.
But the fiendish funnyman won’t have to answer questions about the 50 or so women besides Dickinson who have accused Cosby of raping them, a Los Angeles judge ruled Monday.
Dickinson sued Cosby and attorney Martin Singer for defamation on May 20 after they denied her claims that the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982.
In her ruling, Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub refused Cosby’s request to dismiss Dickinson’s lawsuit.
Former model Janice Dickinson is suing Cosby for defamation over statements calling her a liar after she accused him of rape.
But Weintraub said Dickinson’s lawyer can only seek to find out whether the denials by Cosby and Singer were done maliciously — and said both will be allowed to assert attorney-client privilege when they refuse to answer some questions.
Still, Weintraub said the questioning, which will be done sometime before Thanksgiving, could determine who really is the liar in this case.
“In other words, either the rape did occur or it did not occur,” Weintraub said.
Neither Cosby, 78, nor Dickinson, 60, were in the courtroom when Weintraub issued her ruling.
Cosby fired Singer, his longtime lawyer, last month and replaced him with Christopher Tayback.
In their June answer to Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit, Team Cosby called the former catwalker a “self promoter and confessed persistent liar” who was trying to “cash in” on a “media frenzy.”
“In her quest to remain in the public eye, Ms. Dickinson has actively cultivated a reputation for outrageous behavior that includes substance abuse, mental lapses and lying,” the filing said.
Also, Cosby’s lawyers said the former pudding pop pitchman cannot be held liable for Singer branding Dickinson a liar because there’s no evidence he ever approved the statements.
Echoing the claims of other Cosby accusers, Dickinson said she never reported the alleged rape 30 years ago in a Lake Tahoe, Calif., hotel, because she was afraid the once-beloved comedian would kill her career.
Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the alleged rapes.
Singer represented Cosby for more than a decade. He was also sued for defamation in 2006 by Andrea Constand, a Temple University worker who accused Cosby of abusing her.
Constand reached a settlement with Cosby before her rape case went to trial — and after the comedian admitted under oath that he bought Quaaludes to dope the women he wanted to grope.
With News Wire Services