Bill Cosby and his former attorney can be deposed by model Janice Dickinson’s attorney in Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit against the entertainer for denying that he sexually assaulted her.
On Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debra K. Weintraub ordered the comedian and his former attorney Martin Singer to give their testimony no later than November 25, according to court papers obtained by PEOPLE.
However, the depositions will be restricted to evidence showing that Cosby’s denials of Dickinson’s rape claim were made maliciously. The judge also ruled that Singer and Cosby can assert attorney-client privilege and decline to answer certain questions.
Last year, Dickinson accused Cosby of raping her in 1982 after he allegedly flew her to his home in Lake Tahoe to discuss her working on The Cosby Show. Instead, she said, Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her.
Cosby has denied sexually assaulting Dickinson and the more than 50 women who have alleged they were victims of the former sitcom star.
Singer, who has vehemently defended Cosby and has accused some of the women of lying about their encounters with the comedian, has called Dickinson’s story “a fabricated lie.”
In May, Dickinson filed a lawsuit against Cosby for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“Janice Dickinson, like over three dozen other Cosby victims, recently publicly disclosed that she was drugged and raped by Bill Cosby,” Dickinson’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, wrote in the complaint. “In retaliation, Cosby, 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.”
According to the complaint, Dickinson wanted to write about the rape in her 2002 memoir, No Lifeguard on Duty, but was barred from doing so by her publisher’s legal department.
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Last month, Cosby replaced Singer in Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit and hired Christopher Tayback of Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Tayback, a former Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles and Assistant United States Attorney, is the son of actor Vic Tayback, who was a familiar television character actor in the 1960s and 70s.
Tayback also replaced Singer in the lawsuit filed by Judy Huth, a California woman who claims the comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15.
Huth’s attorney, Gloria Allred, deposed Cosby last month, overcoming Singer’s attempt to block such a deposition. That deposition is sealed for at least 60 days, though it’s possible his testimony will be made public after Dec. 22, when a hearing on the matter will be held.