Supermodel and reality star Janice Dickinson has reached a “very large settlement” in her dispute with Bill Cosby, CNN reports, with Cosby’s insurance company settling her defamation case.
Attorney Lisa Bloom, who has been representing Dickinson, discussed the settlement at a press conference Thursday, saying Dickinson will be “fully compensated for being called a liar” and is free to tell her story.
“The settlement amount will remain confidential, but Bloom described it as ‘epic’ and later presented Dickinson with a bouquet of flowers and called this ‘her victory press conference,'” CNN reports.
The report adds: “The defamation lawsuit began when Dickinson, 64, said in 2014 that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in 1982 after the two had dinner in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Cosby’s lawyer at the time, Marty Singer, accused Dickinson of lying about it, and Dickinson then sued Cosby for defamation.”
Dickinson said Thursday: “Truthfully, a settlement is a victory and a measure of justice.”
Dickinson, who said she lost her innocence after the rape in 1982, urged sexual assault victims to come forward.
“Let’s stop yielding our power to the perp,” she said, adding: “Tell your story and stand up for your rights.”