Comedian Bill Cosby has largely remained mum in the wake of an onslaught of sexual assault claims in recent months – 39 according to Entertainment Tonight. In November, Supermodel Janice Dickinson came forward and asserted that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982. But because the statute of limitations expired on her claims and the other alleged victims, they have not been able to pursue criminal charges.
Now, Dickinson and at least three other women, including Tamara Green, are using defamation to seek recourse against Cosby and force him to discuss the allegations. Dickinson sued Cosby for defamation, false light, and infliction of emotional distress in Los Angeles County Superior Court on May 20, claiming that Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, defamed Dickinson by calling her a “liar” after she said Cosby assaulted her.
Dickinson told the Daily News:
“I want vindication. I’m doing it for women. I’ve been called a liar, and I’ve been re-victimized.”