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Former supermodel Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault.
Dickinson, 59, made the claims on Entertainment Tonight during an interview with Kevin Frazier, saying that Cosby raped her in 1982.
She told Frazier that Cosby invited her in 1982 to Lake Tahoe, where he was performing, to offer her an acting job and provide advice on her singing career. She alleges that they went to dinner in Tahoe, where he gave her red wine and a pill that she asked for to alleviate her menstruation pain.
According to Dickinson, she then lost consciousness. “The next morning, I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” she said. “Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me.”
Dickinson said she was in “a lot of pain” when she awoke, and she remembers “waking up with my pajamas off, and there was semen in between my legs.”
The former America’s Next Top Model judge claims that she included the story in the first draft of her 2002 memoir No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel, but she said that Cosby and his legal team demanded that publisher HarperCollins remove the passage.
Dickinson said that she did not initially come forward with her story because she was afraid of being stigmatized for trying to sleep her way to the top, but she now wants to support the other accusers.
“I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story,” she said. “I believe all the other women.” When asked what she would say to Cosby now, she said she would tell him: “Go f— yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot.”
She is the latest in a string of accusers to come forward. Former actress Joan Tarshis spoke to CNN on Monday to share details of Cosby allegedly raping her in 1969. Barbara Bowman, another alleged victim, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed last week that she was drugged and raped by Cosby in the 1980s. In 2006, Cosby settled out of court with Andrea Constand, who claimed he sexually assaulted her.
In a statement released Sunday, Cosby’s attorney said the resurfaced allegations are untrue, although lawyers for Cosby and Constand clarified that this statement did not refer to Constand’s situation. Cosby himself refused to respond to questions about the claims during an NPR interview on Saturday. The allegations have caused a public uproar since comedian Hannibal Buress addressed them on stage last month.
Another attorney for Cosby, Martin Singer, disputed Dickinson’s claims, explaining that not only does her current story contradict what she wrote in her book and in a 2002 interview with the New York Observer, in which she claims Cosby “blew her off” after dinner because she didn’t sleep with him, but that neither Cosby nor his reps pressured Dickinson to remove the story she’s telling now from her book.
“Her new story claiming that she had been sexually assaulted is a defamatory fabrication and she is attempting to justify this new false story with yet another fabrication, claiming that Mr. Cosby and his lawyers had supposedly pressured her publisher to remove the sexual assault story from her 2002 book. That never happened, just like the alleged rape never happened,” Singer wrote in a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “Neither Mr. Cosby nor any of his attorneys were ever told by Harper Collins that Ms. Dickinson had supposedly planned to write that he had sexually assaulted her, and neither Mr. Cosby nor any of his representatives ever communication with the publisher about any alleged rape or sexual assault story planned for the book.”
A HarperCollins rep also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The ET segment can be seen below.
Nov. 19, 9:27 a.m. This story has been updated with Bill Cosby attorney Martin Singer’s response to Janice Dickinson’s allegations.
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