The comedian's legal team filed a motion to dismiss Dickinson's lawsuit, claiming she's a self-admitted liar

By Michael Miller
Updated June 26, 2015 07:10 PM
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Bill Cosby has filed legal paperwork challenging Janice Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit, claiming the former supermodel is a self-proclaimed drug addict and liar who’s attempting to cash in on the current “media frenzy.”

The motion comes as a response to Dickinson’s lawsuit against Cosby, 77, for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress, after the comedian’s team said she lied when accusing him of sexually assaulting her in 1982.

Cosby’s lawyers are arguing for her defamation suit to be thrown out entirely, and for the actor to be awarded attorney’s fees and costs, according to documents filed to the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday and later obtained by PEOPLE.

The comedian’s legal team asserts that Dickinson, 60, is “complaining that she has been branded a liar, when, in fact, lying is part of her ‘brand.’ ” They reference her participation in the reality show Recovering Celeb Addicts, Reformed Liars as evidence of her self-professed struggles with telling the truth.

Cosby’s team also notes that Dickinson denied sleeping with the comedian in her 2002 autobiography, and only “after other women accused Mr. Cosby of sexual misconduct, and a media frenzy developed, Ms. Dickinson decided to cash in on that publicity and she completely changed her story.”

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In her book No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel, Dickinson writes that after having dinner with Cosby in Lake Tahoe in 1982, he “gave [her] the dirtiest, meanest look in the world, stepped into his suite, and slammed the door in [her] face.”

However, in a 2014 interview on Entertainment Tonight, the former model claimed she was actually drugged and raped that night, and only excluded the incident from her book because she was pressured by the comedian’s attorneys.

Cosby’s team denies ever pressuring Dickinson regarding the autobiography, and claims that she has since publicly “retracted that patently false assertion.”

According to his attorneys, Cosby should be protected from Dickinson’s lawsuit under the Anti-SLAPP statute, which protects public figures from “meritless litigation.”