Cosby and his now-former lawyer Marty Singer will be deposed by Dickinson’s attorney before Nov. 25, ruled L.A. Superior Court Judge Debra K. Weintraub. It brings to a close a request by Cosby’s legal team that Dickinson’s lawyers would have to prove malice. Instead, Weintraub ruled that Cosby and Singer will have to testify about whether or not they knew Dickinson’s accusations were true when Cosby issued his denial.
In a November 2014 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1982, saying that she met up with Cosby in Lake Tahoe to discuss an acting role when he gave her a glass of wine and a pill.
“Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me,” she said. “And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”
Cosby denied the allegations, releasing a statement through his lawyers calling Dickinson’s claims completely false.
“Janice Dickinson’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a lie… Documentary proof and Ms. Dickinson’s own words show that her new story about something she now claims happened back in 1982 is a fabricated lie.”
This did not sit well with Dickinson, who decided that if she could not prosecute him criminally since the statute of limitations had run out, she’d get him any way she could — in this instance, with a defamation lawsuit, claiming Cosby defamed her “with the intent and effect of revictimizing her and destroying the professional reputation she’s spent decades building.”
Cosby’s last deposition was on Oct. 9 in the case of Judith Huth, who alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was just 15 years old. That deposition can be released to the public no sooner than Dec. 22.