Marty Singer can now spend more time lawyering and less time as a defendant.
Singer, the former lawyer of scandal-plagued comedian Bill Cosby, has been dismissed from a lawsuit filed against Cosby by model Janice Dickinson.
Judge Debre Katz Weintraub granted a motion to strike Dickinson’s first amended complaint in her suit on Tuesday, which named Singer as a defendant.
Dickinson, who has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in Lake Tahoe in 1982, claims defamation in her lawsuit, saying that, after she came forward with her claims in 2014, Cosby’s team went “on the attack” against her with media statements branding her a liar.
The first amended complaint, filed by Dickinson in November, claimed that Singer “acted with reckless disregard to the falsity of the statements in The Defamatory Press Statement by, among other things, ignoring the fact that there were obvious reasons to doubt the accuracy of his statements, and/or failing to conduct a reasonable investigation and/or by failing to interview obvious witnesses who could have confirmed or disproved the allegations, including without limitation Defendant Cosby himself.”
“We are very pleased with the ruling,” attorney Andrew Brettler with Singer’s law firm Lavely & Singer told TheWrap in a statement. “We believe the Court got it right.”
Dickinson’s attorney Lisa Bloom, meanwhile, vowed to “vigorously” continue fighting for her client, despite the setback.
“While we are disappointed in today’s ruling striking our First Amended Complaint, the court ruled that our original complaint against Bill Cosby stands,” Bloom said. “We will continue to fight that case vigorously on behalf of Janice Dickinson. We are pleased that the Court also ruled that this matter should be expedited and move forward at a faster pace.”
Cosby has been accused of rape or sexual assault by dozens of women, many of whom claim that he drugged them beforehand. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the comedian. Cosby has denied the allegations, and in some cases sued his accusers for defamation.
He also faces a criminal charge of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from accusations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.