Bill Cosby has claimed a small win in his ongoing legal battles. His insurance company has been required to pay the cost of defending the defamation claim brought forward by Janice Dickinson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cosby was sued in two states by AIG Property Casualty Company, which argued that its agreement to cover the comedian for "personal injury," which includes defamation, libel and/or slander, did not include his denial of allegations of sexual abuse. The company pointed out an exclusion for "personal injury arising out of any actual, alleged, or threatened...sexual molestation, misconduct, or harassment."
The comedian sought to have the suits dismissed, saying that the insurer was misreading the policy and that its actions threatened his defense.
California Federal Judge Beverly O'Connell granted Cosby's motion and determined that AIG has a duty to defend,on Friday. She wrote that "the sexual misconduct exclusion could reasonably be read to require that Dickinson's claims merely relate to sexual misconduct, or that Dickinson's claims be proximately caused by the sexual conduct."
She deemed that both parties' ambiguous terms of interpretation lead to the court imposing coverage.
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