The ex-supermodel launched legal action against the former The Cosby Show star in May (15) after his attorney Martin Singer called her rape allegation against Cosby "a lie" when she went public in November (14).

Her lawyer Lisa Bloom was set to quiz the comedian on 23 November (15) and Singer, who is no longer his legal representative, on 19 November (15).

However, the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles issued an order delaying both rounds of questioning on Thursday (12Nov15) after Cosby's legal team challenged the deposition ruling.

In an email to the Latimes.com, Bloom writes, "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... We are confident that once the court of appeals hears full argument on the issues it will allow the deposition of Mr. Cosby and his attorney to go forward."

DICkinson alleges that Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982. More than 50 other women have made similar allegations of sexual assault or abuse.

A number of organisations and universities have rescinded honours given to Cosby in the wake of the allegations. On Thursday (12Nov15), officials at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Bryant University in Rhode Island announced they had withdrawn his honorary degrees.