Supermodel Sues Bill Cosby for Defamation Following Sexual Assault Accusation.
Janice Dickinson sued Bill Cosby today, alleging the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982 and later defamed her by falsely calling her a liar.
The Los Angeles Superior Court complaint alleges defamation, false light invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Dickinson seeks unspecified damages.
A representative for Cosby could not be immediately reached.
The suit alleges that Cosby sexually assaulted Dickinson in 1982 at a Lake Tahoe resort. The statute of limitations for a criminal case has expired, but Dickinson maintains she was defamed when Cosby’s representatives accused her of making up the story.
“The defamatory statements … had a natural tendency to injure Ms. Dickinson’s reputation in the entertainment industry in which she works and with the public worldwide,” the suit states.
Dickinson is among a number of women who have come forward in recent months to accuse Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.