A judge has ruled that Bill Cosby and his former attorney can be questioned by lawyers for model Janice Dickinson in her defamation lawsuit against the comedian.
The Los Angeles Superior Court judge said that Lisa Bloom, Dickinson’s attorney, can depose Cosby and his former attorney, Martin Singer, before November 25th. Bloom will be limited to asking questions about evidence that suggests Cosby’s denial of Dickinson’s rape allegation was made maliciously. Singer will also be able to assert attorney-client privileges as an answer to some questions. This is a move to ensure that the deposition doesn’t focus on the numerous other sexual assault allegations that women have made against Cosby.
Dickinson sued Cosby for defamation in May, claiming that the denials Cosby’s attorney has made of her allegations have re-victimized her and damaged her reputation. She claims Cosby raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982 but she didn’t report the incident to authorities because she feared retaliation from Cosby that would hurt her career.
Royal Oakes, legal analyst and a partner at the Los Angeles-based firm Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
R.J. Garis, National Publicist and crisis PR consultant