Bad News For Bill…Janice Dickinson Just Won BIG In Court Against Cosby
For years, Bill Cosby has adamantly denied all of the rape allegations that have been brought against him. The former Cosby Show star has been accused of rape so many times, most people have lost count of all of the allegations. But despite all of the claims, no alleged victim has managed to win in court against Bill – until now. According to The Blast, Janice Dickinson, the former supermodel who accused Cosby of drugging and raping her back in the 80s, just scored a major legal victory against the comedian/actor.
The Back Story:
For those who don’t know much about the drama between Janice Dickinson and Bill Cosby, they’ve been going back and forth with this legal battle for quite some time. Dickinson previously filed a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby after he allegedly called her a liar following the rape allegations. Then, his attorney Marty Singer also echoed his sentiments during a press conference, which apparently made matters worse. Initially, Dickinson’s lawsuit was dismissed but her appeal has received a relatively different response.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Singer released a statement arguing that Dickinson’s claim was “fabricated and is an outrageous defamatory lie.” However, he didn’t stop there. He also threatened to file a lawsuit against Good Morning America if they aired the segment that would have allowed her to share her side of the story with the world. The next day, he said, once again, that Dickinson’s story was a lie. At the time, Singer had sent around a demand letter to several media outlets in hopes of silencing Dickinson. At the time, Bill Cosby argued that the demand letter was more of an opinion “based on fully disclosed facts.”
“Cosby takes the position that the demand letter is not actionable as it is simply Singer’s opinion, based on fully disclosed facts,” states the decision. “We disagree. As we shall explain, nearly every factor of the totality of the circumstances test points strongly toward the conclusion that a reasonable fact finder could conclude the demand letter states or implies a provably false assertion of fact – specifically, that Cosby did not rape Dickinson, and she is lying when she says that he did.”
Now today, an appellate court has issued an order claiming that the lower court made a grave error when Dickinson’s case was previously dismissed. Apparently, she did offer enough evidence to prove her case had merit where the demand letter was concerned. However, the appellate court did decide to uphold the lower court’s decision to dismiss Dickinson’s claims about the press release.
“At least for purposes of the present appeal, Cosby has waived any argument that Singer was not acting as his agent when he made the statements at issue in this case. When someone is publicly accused of rape, is asked for a response, and sends back a letter from counsel saying, ‘the alleged rape never happened,’ it is reasonable for the recipient of the letter to infer that the accused is, in fact, denying the rape.”