Janice Dickinson’s lawsuit against Bill Cosby can proceed

Janice Dickinson
FILE - In this June 29, 2015 file photo, Janice Dickinson arrives at the LA Premiere of "Lord of the Freaks" in Los Angeles. A judge says Bill Cosby and his former attorney should be deposed by lawyers for Janice Dickinson in the model’s defamation lawsuit against the embattled comedian. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub ruled that Dickinson’s lawyers should depose Cosby and attorney Martin Singer before Nov. 25. Dickinson is suing Cosby for defamation over statements last year denying the comedian raped Dickinson in 1982. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge says she won’t dismiss model Janice Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby.

Bill Cosby
FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington. The California State University system has become the latest to take back an honorary degree from Cosby. The Board of Trustees voted Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, to revoke an honorary doctorate given to Cosby by Cal Poly Pomona in 1992. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Dickinson sued Cosby for defamation last year after his legal team denied her claim that the comedian drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub ruled Tuesday that the denial that branded Dickinson a liar is a fact that can be determined at a trial.

Cosby’s attorneys tried to dismiss the suit, arguing Dickinson’s story had changed over the years. They will have several other opportunities to challenge the case before it goes to trial.

Dickinson says she tried to include the story in a 2002 memoir, but her publisher refused.

Her lawsuit says the denial by Cosby’s lawyers caused her to feel victimized again.

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