On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid by Bill Cosby, requesting a review of his appeal of a lower court’s decision in favor of model Janice Dickinson. The model filed a defamation lawsuit against him, in which she says that the comedian sort to destroy her reputation after she publicly accused him of r_pe.
The Supreme Court decision comes only six days after he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a 2004 sexual assault of another woman. A lower court ruling had already allowed the model’s lawsuit to proceed – she had presented her defamation suit before a California state court.
This has come at a time when the #MeToo movement is strongly opposing sexual assault and harassment and also at a time when Brett Kavanaugh – President Donald Trump’s nominee for the high court vacancy – is also defending himself against his own sexual misconduct. To many people the Supreme Court decision is actually an added victory to the #MeToo movement. A victory many women will have reason to celebrate.
Cosby and his legal team attempted to make the model go away, but the decision by the court appears to have upheld her charge.
Reports by Raw Story had it that, “Dickinson gave a national television interview in 2014 accusing Cosby of raping her in 1982. In response, Cosby’s lawyer Martin Singer sent letters to other media outlets warning them not to publish Dickinson’s “defamatory fabrication,” adding that she was “seeking publicity to bolster her fading career.” A subsequent news release from Cosby’s team said Dickinson was lying. Singer also sent out statements denying similar accusations by other women against Cosby.”
Dickinson later sued Cosby for defamation, claiming that the letters sent to media outlets were all aimed at destroying her reputation. And in response Cosby said that the model was attempting to stifle his rights to free speech guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. But a California court last November rejected Cosby’s argument in Dickinson’s dispute.
His attempt to have the Supreme Court take the case was informed by the fact that two separate cases, federal appeals courts maintained that Singer’s responses were constitutionally protected speech.
Cosby’s sexual misconduct seem to have started way back when he starred in the popular 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.” However, his Sept. 25th sentencing was from the case filed by Andrea Constand, a former employee who worked at his Philadelphia home in 2004.He was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting her.
What is even more interesting is that currently more than 50 women have accused the comedian of assault and using drugs to incapacitate an drape them. Despite his team strongly attempting to claim their client was innocent, things worked against them and he will be in prison for quite some time.