Model Janice Dickinson sues comedian Bill Cosby for defamation

May 21, 2015

Model and TV personality Janice Dickinson has sued Bill Cosby for defamation, alleging the comedian falsely called her a liar after she publicly claimed that he sexually assaulted her 35 years ago.


Dickinson is one of the most well known of the 40+ women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, and the second to file a defamation suit. She is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

In the complaint filed by attorney Lisa Bloom in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Dickinson alleges that Cosby, 77, intentionally inflicted “emotional distress” and destroyed her professional reputation. Cosby made a “choice to vilify and publicly attack Ms. Dickinson,” according to the 13-page complaint. Cosby’s attorney and publicist did not respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit says that Dickinson’s business prospects are suffering from what she considers a humiliation. The 60-year-old model became known for her reality TV show, “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” which ran from 2006 to 2008. Her complaint mirrors that of another accuser, Tamara Green, who brought a defamation suit in Massachusetts against Cosby late last year. Green, a lawyer and former model, is seeking unspecified damages for statements that Cosby publicized denying her claims of sexual assault.