Court de­lays Bill Cosby defama­tion de­po­si­tion

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LOS AN­GE­LES: A Cal­i­for­nia ap­peals court has put on hold the sched­uled de­po­si­tion of Bill Cosby in the defama­tion law­suit brought by a for­mer supermodel who said the co­me­dian called her a liar af­ter she went pub­lic with al­le­ga­tions of rape, her at­tor­ney said on Thurs­day.

A Los An­ge­les County Su­pe­rior Court judge had ruled that Cosby, 78, and his for­mer at­tor­ney, Martin Singer, would be re­quired to give sworn tes­ti­mony this month in a law­suit brought by one-time model and re­al­ity TV per­son­al­ity Jan­ice Dick­in­son.

Cosby’s le­gal team has chal­lenged the rul­ing, and the 2nd Dis­trict Court of Ap­peal has put off the de­po­si­tion while ar­gu­ments con­tinue, Dick­in­son’s at­tor­ney Lisa Bloom said in a state­ment.

“We are con­fi­dent that once the court of ap­peals hears full ar­gu­ment on the is­sues it will al­low the de­po­si­tion of Mr Cosby and his at­tor­ney to go for­ward,” the state­ment said.

Dick­in­son, 60, is one of more than 50 women who have come for­ward to ac­cuse Cosby of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing them af­ter ply­ing them with drugs or al­co­hol.

The co­me­dian, best known for his role in the 1980s The Cosby Show, has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

Cosby has never been crim­i­nally charged and many of the al­leged in­ci­dents date back decades, putting them be­yond the statute of lim­i­ta­tions.

But Dick­in­son is seek­ing dam­ages on grounds she was de­famed by Cosby and Singer when they pub­licly as­serted her ac­count of be­ing drugged and raped by Cosby in 1982 was a fab­ri­ca­tion.

Dick­in­son did not re­port the in­ci­dent to po­lice.

On Mon­day, a New Hamp­shire woman sued Cosby, say­ing he falsely ac­cused her of ly­ing last year when she pub­licly charged he raped her in 1965. – Reuters

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