A judge Thursday kept former supermodel Janice Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby on hold pending the outcome of appeals on both sides.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub also scheduled another status conference for Nov. 28, but invited the lawyers to come in before that date if the appellate process moves quicker than expected.
The 78-year-old Cosby’s legal team is appealing Weintraub’s March 29 denial of their motion to dismiss Dickinson’s lawsuit in its entirety on free- speech grounds. Weintraub granted part of the motion, but allowed the thrust of Dickinson’s lawsuit to move forward against the former “I Spy” television series co-star. Dickinson is appealing the part of the case that Weintraub dismissed as well as the judge’s Feb. 9 ruling that removed the comedian’s former attorney, Martin Singer, as a defendant.
Dickinson sued Cosby in May 2014, saying she has been re-victimized and her reputation has suffered because of denials by Singer of her allegations that the entertainer drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room more than 30 years ago.
She filed an amended complaint in November, adding Singer as a defendant. However, Weintraub ruled that Dickinson could not revise the complaint to add Singer because the model was aware of the lawyer’s alleged comments before the original lawsuit was filed.
Dickinson, 61, is one of dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault. Cosby fired Singer last October.
The comedian had not been charged with a crime until Dec. 30, when he was charged in Pennsylvania with aggravated indecent assault. Prosecutors allege he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, in January 2004 after plying her with drugs and wine.
—City News Service
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