Former supermodel Janice Dickinson sued Bill Cosby Wednesday, alleging the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982 and later defamed her by falsely calling her a liar.
The Los Angeles Superior Court complaint alleges defamation, false light invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Dickinson seeks unspecified damages.
A representative for Cosby could not be immediately reached.
The suit alleges that Cosby sexually assaulted Dickinson in 1982 at a Lake Tahoe resort. The statute of limitations for a criminal case has expired, but Dickinson maintains she was defamed when Cosby’s representatives accused her of making up the story.
“The defamatory statements … had a natural tendency to injure Ms. Dickinson’s reputation in the entertainment industry in which she works and with the public worldwide,” the suit states.
Dickinson is among a number of women who have come forward in recent months to accuse Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
— City News Service