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Rape accused Bill Cosby fails to get libel suit dropped

By Staff Reporter

Published 31/03/2016

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Janice Dickinson embraces attorney Lisa Bloom as she addresses a Press conference at a motions hearing in her lawsuit against comedian Bill Cosby

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby has failed in an attempt to have a defamation suit brought against him by model and TV presenter Janice Dickinson thrown out.

In her complaint, Dickinson claimed that Cosby chose to "vilify" her in his denials of her 2014 accusation that he drugged and raped her in 1982.

Cosby (78) was charged in December with aggravated indecent assault over an alleged incident in 2004. Last month, a judge in Pennsylvania turned down his attempts to have that case dismissed as well.

In her ruling, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub said she was not assessing the credibility of either Dickinson or Cosby.

It was for a jury to decide, she added, whether Dickinson's allegations were credible and whether a statement by Cosby's former lawyer branding her a liar was defamatory.

After the ruling, Dickinson said she wanted Cosby to appear in court and "stand under oath".

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