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Bill Cosby sued for defamation by Janice Dickinson

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Model Janice Dickinson filed a defamation lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court against comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday, due to the emotional distress she has suffered after being accused of falsely claiming that Cosby sexually assaulted her.

The legal documents, obtained by EW, state that after Dickinson publicly accused the comedian of drugging and raping her, he retaliated “through an attorney, publicly branded her a liar and called her rape disclosure a lie with the intent and effect of revictimizing her and destroying the professional reputation she’s spent decades building.” She is accusing him of defamation, false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“A major component of her popularity and marketability on reality television and in publishing is Ms. Dickinson’s reputation for her colorful, raw, sometimes loud, sometimes vulnerable, but at all times honest ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ personality,'” the lawsuit states.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in November, Dickinson said that Cosby had drugged and raped her after inviting her to Lake Tahoe in 1982, and Cosby’s lawyer immediately called it an “outrageous defamatory lie.”

The legal documents filed on Wednesday go into further detail about what Dickinson claims happened that night, saying Cosby offered the model a pill and wine to help with menstrual cramps, though Cosby knew she had been in rehab a few months before for addiction. The lawsuit claims that he then sexually assaulted her and that, though she told close friends about the incident, she did not tell the police for fear of retaliation.

“Cosby acted with reckless disregard for the probability of inflicting humiliation, mental anguish, and severe emotional distress on Ms. Dickinson,” the documents state. Dickinson is currently seeking damages and a trial by jury.

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