This combination photo shows Bill Cosby leaving the Montgomery County Courthouse after a hearing in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., on Aug. 22, 2017, on the left, and the model Janice Dickinson leaving Los Angeles Superior Court after a judge ruled her defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby on March 29, 2016. DickinsonÃ¢â, â¢s defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby can move forward after the California Supreme Court refused an appeal from Cosby. The court said on its website Thursday that declining to review CosbyÃ¢â, â¢s occupation, which was the case. Dickinson said in 2014 that Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982, when he sued after he and his representatives said her claims were false. (AP photo)
Model Janice Dickinson, the defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby can move forward after the California Supreme Court refused to review the appeal of the comedian Thursday.
The case had been on hold pending the decision of the court. Dickinson said in 2014 that Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982, when he sued after he and his representatives said her claims were false.
Cosby’s lawyers had lodged an appeal against Dickinson, the use of a press release and a letter to the media, as evidence of slander, saying that it violated the First Amendment rights.
Lawyers also objected to Dickinson adding a former Cosby lawyer, Marty Singer, as a defendant, saying it would hurt the ability of lawyers to represent their clients.
A California court of appeal on the part of Dickinson in November. The Supreme court to reject the appeal means the case can go with a Singer as a co-defendant.
“Although we believe that the Supreme court should have reviewed the erroneous court of appeals opinion, we now have the opportunity to make these claims on the merits, and expect that Mr. Singer will be dismissed from the lawsuit again, ‘Singer’s lawyer, Jeremy B. Rosen, said in an e-mail.
Dickinson’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said she also looks forward to the resumption of the battle in the court.
“We have fought this case for three years and we will continue to fight until we get Mr. Cosby’s deposition, until Mrs Dickinson gets a trial by a jury, and on any further appeal if necessary,” she said in an e-mail. “Mrs. Dickinson is strong and I am committed to this case.”
A lawyer for Cosby not immediately reply to a message seeking comment.
Dickinson, an important model in the 1980s and 1990s, has more recently become a staple of reality shows, that on ‘America’s Next Top Model, “” The Surreal Life,” and “Celebrity Big Brother.”
Her lawsuit is one of many against Cosby, who also is scheduled to face a new trial on sexual assault charges in Philadelphia next month.