Bill Cosby May Face Music in Rape Claims
Will Bill Cosby finally face the music in the dozens of rape allegations made against him? Despite the statute of limitations running out for many of the accusers, Janice Dickinson, the original supermodel, is using the public denial issued by his attorney, Marty Singer, as way to get justice. Singer called Dickinson’s claim, “a lie,” and now Dickinson is suing for unspecified damages in a defamation lawsuit.
Cosby, once America’s favorite dad and one of Oprah’s besties, has been accused of drugging, raping and groping dozens of women over the course of his career. Some of the women came forward when college basketball player, Andrea Constand sued Cosby back in 2005. The suit listed 12 Jane Does. Cosby managed to quietly settle the case.
Then stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during his act and the story blew up on social media giving the alleged victims a new forum. Initially Cosby downplayed the accusations. His wife Camille and daughter blasted them, but the story was not going away and more alleged victims came forward. Cosby lost a television deal though he did continue his comedy tour, though at times faced crowds of hecklers.
Despite eerily similar stories by victims about being drugged and groped and/or raped, Cosby has escaped charges but it looks as if the comment issued by his lawyer may be the opening needed. Dickinson’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, wants a court decide. Bloom filed papers calling Singer’s depiction of Dickinson as a liar is, “a defamatory statement under the law,” calling it, “the mistake Bill Cosby made.” Acknowledging that the statute of limitations has run out, Bloom said that, “once he through is representatives called her a liar she had a fresh claim for defamation and that’s the lawsuit we filed today.”
According to Bloom, Cosby’s lawyers have 30 days to respond and they hope to depose Cosby, “as early as possible.Dickinson has her own sketchy past which Singer alluded to when referencing her autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel raising the ire of victims’ rights advocates who are calling smears on Dickinson and the other accusers victim shaming, a classic tactic in allegations of sexual abuse.
No word from Cosby’s camp yet on the strongly worded suit in which it alleges that, “Defendant Cosby knows that he drugged and raped Ms. Dickinson.” Dickinson has also named 100 Does alleging that they were responsible for what happened to her. Though it is unclear who she is referring to when naming Does as defendants, there have been several famous people and not so famous people who have come forward saying they were not surprised or that there had been talk for years.
For now it looks like Dickinson will get her day in court.