A judge in Los Angeles has ordered Bill Cosby to give a sworn deposition in a case in which former supermodel Janice Dickinson is suing the comedian. Reuters reports that Cosby and his former lawyer Martin Singer will be required to submit to questioning from attorney’s for Dickinson.
The former model and reality TV personality is suing Cosby for defamation after he called her a liar for accusing him of sexual assault in connection with events three decades ago.
“The ruling by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Debra Weintraub marks the second time in two months that Cosby, 78, will be required to testify under oath in response to a complaint of sexual misconduct against him,” Reuters reports. The story notes that an unnamed woman “suing on the basis of psychological injuries she claimed to have suffered from an alleged sexual assault in 1974 won a court order that forced Cosby to give a deposition last month.”
In the Dickinson case, the judge set Nov. 25 as the date for the depositions of both Cosby and Singer — who represented Cosby until last month, when he was replaced by a new legal team. Attorneys for Cosby said they would appeal the decision.
Reuters adds: “Dickinson is seeking damages on grounds she was defamed by Cosby and Singer when they asserted in statements to the media that her account of being drugged and raped by Cosby in 1982 was a fabrication. She did not report the incident to police at the time for fear of retribution by Cosby, ‘who was and is a wealthy, powerful man,’ Dickinson said in court papers.”