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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Model Janice Dickinson sued Bill Cosby for defamation on Wednesday over denials made by the comedian’s representatives after she accused him last year of raping her in 1982.

Dickinson’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages on defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims. The suit states Dickinson has been re-victimized and her reputation has suffered because of pointed denials by Cosby’s attorney that the comedian drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room more than 30 years ago.

The allegations were first made in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” after numerous other women accused Cosby of drugging them and inappropriate sexual conduct dating back several decades.

The lawsuit states Dickinson, 60, sought a retraction of the denials from Cosby, but the request was denied.

An email sent to Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer was not immediately returned. Singer called Dickinson’s rape allegations “false and outlandish” in a letter to The Associated Press last year.

The lawsuit details Dickinson’s allegations that Cosby raped her after giving her wine and a pill in the hotel room, and how she wanted to go public with her story in a 2002 autobiography but was prevented from doing so by the book’s publisher.

She did not report the incident to police in the early 1980s out of fear of retaliation by Cosby, her lawsuit states. The statute of limitations to criminally prosecute the actor-comedian has long since passed, as has the statute on civil claims directly related to the incident.

“This is Janice Dickinson’s chance for justice,” her attorney Lisa Bloom said Wednesday.

Three women who have accused Cosby of abuse have sued him for defamation in a Massachusetts federal court.

One of the women, Therese Serignese, said after a court hearing earlier this month that she wanted her reputation restored after Cosby’s camp branded her a liar.

Dickinson’s lawsuit is seeking a similar outcome.

“Cosby knows that he drugged and raped Ms. Dickinson,” the lawsuit states. “He knew that calling her rape disclosure a lie was a false statement.”

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15 thoughts on “Model Janice Dickinson Sues Bill Cosby For Defamation

  1. This is classical case of White women trying everything to make money from the Black Man . This is a case where these third & Fourth rated worn out failed starlets White women are trying hard to shakedown an innocent Black Man . It also has to do with angry Black Democrats who are pissed at Bill for being a conservative who pointed out the lack of Black fathers involvement in Black Youth Lives ….Back in the 80’s a Black man would have been thrown in jail for been accused for raping a White Woman without excuses , and back in the 60’s , and 70’s a Black man would have been hung including a Black celebrity …. Black lives didn’t mater back then even much worse than today

  2. Tammy on said:

    WHATEVER Janice. At this point, this is how I feel. If it happen, Janice and others let it ride and let Mr. Cosby go on to MORE success and NEVER press charges and said nothing (if this happen, they were in a better position for something to be done IF it happen because the person they are accusing in KNOWN. Most muti-victims do NOT know the guy; and if this is LIE (which I believe Mr. Cosby slept with many of these women but I do NOT believe it was rape. They were willing but since the accusations came out for whatever reason, many feel they can bank on it now or out to destroy his career because he did not give them what they wanted. This is why he maybe not talking and this is why these women never said anything. But if this is lie, it is a disgrace to try to destroy what a man has achieve. I do not want to hear no more. ShOW me the EVIDENCE. We live in a day and age ANYONE can make a claim and SUE.

  3. monica on said:

    She didn’t file charges for fear of retaliation from Bill Cosby. This was a black man in the 80’s what exactly was he going to do to you, but go to jail.. Why do all these women claim they were afraid of Bill.. he was a black comedian/actor not a Mob boss or gangster. They all starting to look ridiculous.

    • Give it a few weeks, a few more of the ladies will think her idea is brilliant! I’m not a lawyer but I think its called defending yourself against attacks not defamation of character.

      Lady -“You stole my purse 40 years ago.”
      Man- “No I didn’t!”
      Lady -” So I’m a liar?”
      Man – “Yes!”
      Lady- “By the way the purse had about ten grand in it . . ”

      This whole thing is beyond ridiculous at this point.

    • Tammy on said:

      At this point, MOST of the public do NOT care. Yes, there are few voices (mostly those folks are looking for attention. I bet none of those folks who act like they are upset with Mr. Cosby are upset with men who are accused in their own cities but a famous person is accused, these same folks want to act like they are so upset. Give me a break). Most people are tired of this kind of thing. At this point, it is still a “he said, she said. If so, show the proof. As for the number of women talking, to me, that makes me more suspious of the claim. They want me to believe that 40 some women all were done the same thing by Mr. Cosby YET ALL of these women responded in the same manner to the “act” which is to say NOTHING and the person is KNOWN? No, something does not add up.

  4. Kenneth Wells on said:

    If anything, Cosby should be suing HER for defamation of character. She admitted to the world that she tried to come on to Cosby, and he turned her down. She was doing drugs on her own, and didn’t need Cosby to supply her with any. This is not her time for justice. She wants to have her payday. Good luck with that!

    • specialt757 on said:

      “Cosby should be suing HER for defamation of character” Dang Kenneth you took the words right out of my mouth. Along with false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress, loss of income and a whole list of things. Get a life Janice!

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