MSN – Less than a week after taking a big legal loss in his criminal case for sexual assault in Pennsylvania, Bill Cosby today was handed a win by the California courts.
An L.A. Superior Court judge Tuesday agreed with the actor-comedian’s lawyers to toss an amended complaint by Janice Dickinson in her defamation suit against Cosby and his former attorney Marty Singer. In a tentative ruling that she read from the bench today, Judge Debra Weintraub also allowed Singer himself to be dismissed from the case – as the Hollywood attorney had sought.
“The court finds that the first amended complaint is properly striken,” she said, noting the long on-going anti-SLAPP motion, “defendant Cosby’s motion to strike is granted.” Having said that, Judge Weintraub noted to Dickinson’s attorney Lisa Bloom and the assembled lawyers for all sides that the original complaint still is in play and “we are moving this case along …we will see everyone here on February 29 at 8:30.” Bill Cosby, Marty Singer and Janice Dickinson were not in the courtroom today.
The former America’s Next Top Model judge claims that Cosby raped her in 1982 and that lawyer Singer branded her a “liar” in late 2014 when she brought the incident up.Dickinson took the matter to court in May, and last fall she filed an amended complaint now formally naming Singer a defendant.
“The primary focus of this case has always been against Bill Cosby and remains against Bill Cosby,” said Bloom after the brief hearing. “We will continue to fight the case against Bill Cosby,” the lawyer added, noting Singer being unhooked from the matter.
On December 1, Cosby’s recently retained attorneys moved to have Dickinson’s first amended complaint struck or dismissed because they argued it shouldn’t have been filed before The Cosby Show creator’s previous motion to have the matter tossed out on free-speech and anti-SLAPP grounds was ruled on. Singer, who ceased representing Cosby in late October, joined that motion on December 4.