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Bill Cosby Deposition in Janice Dickinson Lawsuit Delayed

The supermodel sued Cosby for defamation

Sadie Gennis

A California appeals court has temporarily halted a scheduled deposition of Bill Cosby in Janice Dickinson's defamation lawsuit, The Associated Press reports.

Both Cosby and his former attorney Martin Singer were ordered to give sworn testimony regarding the former supermodel's claims that the comedian drugged and raped Dickinson in 1982. However, Cosby's attorneys appealed the decision and the court is now seeking legal briefs by the end of the month before making a final ruling.

"Mr. Cosby has employed several law firms with a combined total of over 700 lawyers in an attempt to avoid answering questions from me under oath in our case," Dickinson's attorney Lisa Bloom said in a statement. "We are confident that once the Court of Appeals hears full argument on the issues it will allow the depositions of Mr. Cosby and his attorney to go forward as ordered by Judge Weintraub."

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Earlier this month, the scheduled deposition had been limited by Judge Weintraub to include only questions regarding Cosby's denials of Dickinson's allegations and whether such denials were made maliciously. In other words, Bloom would not be able to question Cosby about the dozens of other women who have accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting or abusing them. "Only Bill Cosby knows why he is fighting so hard in two different courts just to prevent me from taking his deposition," Bloom noted on Twitter.

Dickinson's defamation suit is one of four filed against the comedian in the past year. On Tuesday, Kristina Ruehli sued Cosby for defamation, after he called her a liar for saying he raped her in 1965. In October, Cosby was deposed in a lawsuit filed by another accuser, Judy Huth, who says she was sexually assaulted by the comedian in the '70s when she was only 15. In May, three accusers, Tamara Green, Therese Seignese and Linda Traitz, all sued Cosby together for defamation.