Janice Dickinson's lawsuit against Bill Cosby allowed to continue
Published 29/03/2016 | 18:11
Model Janice Dickinson shouted "Victory!" after a judge ruled that her defamation case against Bill Cosby can proceed.
Ms Dickinson has sued Cosby for defamation after his legal team denied her allegations that the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub ruled on Tuesday that a jury could determine the credibility of Ms Dickinson's claims and whether a statement by Cosby's former lawyer branding her a liar was defamatory.
Ms Dickinson's lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said at a news conference outside the court house that the decision was significant because Cosby's lawyers have fought to keep sexual abuse allegations from going to trial.
Ms Dickinson hailed the ruling a victory for all women, adding: "I will not go down."
Cosby's lawyers had tried to dismiss the suit, arguing Ms Dickinson's story had changed over the years. They will have several other opportunities to challenge the case before it goes to trial.
Ms 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 victimised again.