Critics have been known to call model and actress Janice Dickinson everything but a child of God – over the top, addict, crazy.
But Dickinson might be crazier than a fox this time.
She could be the first and only person to force Bill Cosby to break his silence on rape allegations that have dogged him for decades.
Dickinson is suing Cosby for defamation of character.
“I’m telling you the truth and anyone out there who’s listening that I want the truth and I want justice. I want justice done”
Dickinson’s attorney Lisa Bloom is basing her lawsuit in part on recent off the cuff jokes made by Cosby on stage mocking an audience member who got up to get a drink and Cosby insinuation that he shouldn’t be trusted around alcohol.
Bloom and Dickinson claim such jokes cause emotional distress.
The bulk of the suit is based on this statement made by Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer after the rape allegations resurfaced last year:
“Janice Dickinson’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a lie. There is a glaring contradiction between what she is claiming now for the first time and what she wrote in her own book and what she told the media back in 2002. … The only story she gave 12 years ago to the media and in her autobiography was that she refused to sleep with Mr. Cosby and he blew her off. 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.”
“So the statement that you just raised is the basis for our lawsuit for defamation because calling Janice Dickinson a liar is a defamatory statement under the law. And that was the mistake that Bill Cosby made. It was too late for her to sue for rape or for drugging but once he through his representatives called her a liar she had a fresh claim for defamation and that’s the lawsuit we filed today. And let’s get into it. Let’s go to court and let Janice prove her case that she was not lying when she said he drugged and raped her.”
Dickinson’s ghost writer backs up her claims that she told him in great detail about the Cosby accusations.
Cosby’s lawyers say she’s lying.
“I want Lisa Bloom to depose Bill Cobsy, get him on the stand in front of a jury and let law decide.”
Both women say this is more about defamation than about the alleged rape years ago.
But if Bill Cosby is deposed or takes the stand that could open up a legal can of worms for him where he would be on the record; a legal record that some 46 other women could use to also get their day in court.
Janice Dickinson, crazy- or crazy like a fox?