Bill Cosby is playing whack-a-mole with defamation lawsuits. As the stream of women to come forward accusing the sitcom star of rape has slowed down, Cosby is now dealing with lawsuits brought on by some of his accusers who he maligned in the media.
Janice Dickinson, who became the first prominent person to accuse Cosby of rape last year, is the latest to sue the comedy icon for defamation, claiming that he has publicly branded her a liar.
“I’m suing Bill Cosby for justice and vindication…I was drugged and raped by Bill Cosby. And the fact that he and his spokespeople have called me a liar…referring to remarks that I’ve made…it’s not correct," Dickinson tells Entertainment Tonight. "I want to fight. I want to fight this and let everyone know that I’m not being paid anything monetarily to do this. It’s just the right thing to do.”
Adds the former supermodel, “I could not let myself be silent when…the other women had come forth. I am sober today and I’m in a program of vigorous honesty. I want to protect all those women that haven’t come forward and show them the love and support worldwide that what happened to me will not happen to another woman.”
In February, Cosby asked a judge to dismiss a similar defamation lawsuit brought on by three of the now 30 women to accuse Cosby of sexual abuse. Dickinson's fellow supermodel Beverly Johnson is among the women to come forth with allegations, though she has not taken any legal action against him at this point.
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