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The Bobster
03-28-2016, 03:53 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Museum-Drawing-Criticism-for-Bill-Cosby-Exhibit_Philadelphia-373701671.html

Museum Drawing Criticism for Bill Cosby Exhibit
By NBC10
Mar 28, 2016

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. is getting criticism for a Bill Cosby exhibit that doesn't mention the sexual assault claims against him. The museum's curator says Cosby's achievements should stand alone.

The Bobster
03-29-2016, 03:10 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/This-is-Not-a-Bill-Cosby-Exhibition-Smithsonian-to-Feature-Two-Cosby-Items-373895641.html

'This is Not a Bill Cosby Exhibition': Smithsonian to Feature Two Cosby Items
By Ben Nuckols

After facing criticism for an exhibit of works from Bill Cosby's personal art collection, the Smithsonian plans to include two items related to him at its new African-American history museum. There are no plans to acknowledge the sexual assault allegations against the comedian in the text accompanying the items, a Smithsonian spokeswoman said.

The Cosby items, a comic book from his pioneering TV show "I Spy" and the cover of his 1964 comedy album "I Started Out as a Child," will be included in the exhibit on theater, television, film and entertainment at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens Sept. 24.

The two items will be part of a collection of 3,000 objects. They will address Cosby's place in television history as the first African-American star of a network drama and the success of his comedy albums, which won six consecutive Grammy Awards.

"This is not a Bill Cosby exhibition," the museum said in a statement issued on Monday, after The New York Times first reported the inclusion of the Cosby items.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby, 78, of sexual abuse. Cosby has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University worker at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, a case that is on hold amid an appeal. He also faces several civil lawsuits.

Attorneys for Cosby's accusers said the Smithsonian should acknowledge the allegations.

"How appalling. The Smithsonian founded 'for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,' and yet its silence on the dozens of rape allegations against Bill Cosby only perpetuates ignorance," attorney Lisa Bloom wrote in an email on Tuesday. Bloom represents model and television personality Janice Dickinson, who has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in 1982 and won a key ruling Tuesday in a defamation case against Cosby.

In January, another Smithsonian Institution museum, the National Museum of African Art, closed the doors on an exhibit that displayed dozens of pieces from the private art collection of Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, alongside works from the museum's permanent collection.

The museum's director, who is close to the Cosbys, said she did not know about the allegations against Bill Cosby when she decided to move forward with the earlier show. The museum ultimately posted a disclaimer saying it did not condone Cosby's alleged conduct.

The items on display at the new history museum are "mass-produced items," and the Cosbys have no financial relationships with the new museum, said Linda St. Thomas, a Smithsonian spokeswoman.

The Bobster
03-29-2016, 03:26 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/Judge-to-Consider-Fate-of-Dickinson-Defamation-Lawsuit-Against-Cosby-373838731.html

Judge Rules Janice Dickinson's Defamation Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby Can Proceed
Cosby's attorneys tried to dismiss the suit, arguing Dickinson's story about her interactions with Cosby had changed over the years
By Anthony McCartney
Published at 9:41 AM EDT on Mar 29, 2016

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Janice Dickinson and Bill Cosby


Janice Dickinson's defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby should move forward, a judge ruled Tuesday, saying a trial can determine the truthfulness of the model's claims that the comedian raped her in 1982.

A jury can decide the credibility of Dickinson's allegations and whether a statement by Cosby's former lawyer branding her a liar was defamatory, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub said.

The judge said in her ruling that she was not assessing the credibility of either Dickinson or Cosby. It also allows for the possibility that Dickinson could recoup punitive damages if she wins the case.

Dickinson sued Cosby in May after he denied her claims that he drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982. She says she tried to include the story in a 2002 memoir, "No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel," but her publisher refused.

Cosby's attorneys tried to dismiss the suit, arguing Dickinson's story about her interactions with Cosby had changed over the years. His legal team will have several other opportunities to challenge the case before it goes to trial, whose date has not been set.

Christopher Tayback, an attorney for Cosby, declined to comment after the hearing.

Dickinson's suit says she felt victimized again after Cosby's former lawyer, Marty Singer, denied the allegations.

Letters that Singer sent to reporters threatening to sue if they published Dickinson's claims are protected legal communications and cannot be used at trial, Weintraub also ruled.

The judge said her review of the evidence so far shows that while Singer offered an opinion on Dickinson's credibility based on certain facts, there is no indication he investigated whether the rape actually occurred.

"I will not go down," Dickinson told reporters after the ruling.

"I want Bill Cosby in court," she said. "I want him to stand under oath."

Her appearance in court came a day after the model announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo surgery and radiation treatment.

Dickinson also was a cast member of VH1's "The Surreal Life" and UPN's "America's Next Top Model" and appeared on celebrity rehab.

She said Tuesday that she is sober but that not speaking out about the incident with Cosby "did not work for the betterment of my soul. It drove me to the depths of misery through alcohol and drugs."

Her attorney, Lisa Bloom, said the ruling was significant because of how vehemently Cosby has fought accusations of sexual misconduct.

"Bill Cosby has fought to keep women out of court with regard to their rape allegations," Bloom said. "Janice and I, side by side, have been fighting for this day for a year."

Dozens of women have accused Cosby, 78, of sexual abuse, but the statutes of limitations in most instances have passed.

The comedian has been charged with sexually assaulting a former Temple University worker at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He is free on $1 million bail in the criminal case, which is on hold amid an appeal.