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Bill Cosby will be standing trial twice next year, with a California judge ruling on Tuesday that Janice Dickinson's defamation case against the disgraced actor can proceed in court.
The former supermodel, 62, filed a complaint against Cosby, 80, over his response to a 2014 interview with Entertainment Tonight in which she said that the actor had sexually assaulted her in 1982 after giving her an unknown pill.
Interview - Cosby - Attorney - Marty - Singer
Soon after that interview aired, Cosby's attorney Marty Singer responded to requests for comment by disputing Dickinson's claim that she was drugged and raped by his client and calling the allegation 'an outrageous defamatory lie.'
The judge ruled on Tuesday that because he sent out that statement and a subsequent press release Singer too will face claims in the case.
Fail - Justice - Singer - Windfall - Immunity
'We fail to see how justice is served by granting Singer a windfall immunity based on Cosby’s pursuit of a meritless motion,' wrote California Second District Court of Appeals Associate Justice Laurence Rubin.
It was also ruled that Dickinson could recover all legal costs related to the appeal from Singer and Cosby.
Dickinson - Attorney - Lisa - Bloom - Statement
Dickinson's attorney Lisa Bloom issued a statement on Tuesday praising her client for her bravery.
'We appreciate the appellate court's careful review of the facts and the law in this case, and today's sweeping ruling in our favor,' wrote Bloom in her statement.
Look - Mr - Cosby - Deposition - Trial
'I look forward to taking Mr. Cosby's deposition and to the trial of this important case, which is about a woman's right speak out about sexual assault accusations without being publicly attacked in response.'
One day after disputing the claims, Singer sent a lengthy press release to multip,e outlets on Cosby's behalf.
'Janice - Dickinson - Story - Bill - Cosby
'Janice Dickinson’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a lie. There is a glaring contradiction between what she is claiming now for the first time and what she wrote in her own book...
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