Janice Dickinson Says Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Her
Adding to the disturbing chorus of women who say that Bill Cosby drugged and then sexually assaulted them, model Janice Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight that the comedy legend also attacked her. She said, "The last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain."
Dickinson said the incident occurred in 1982. According to Entertainment Tonight, they once had dinner after her agent set up a meeting, but then he randomly called her while she was in drug and alcohol rehab: "Following her stay in rehab, Dickinson says Cosby reached out to her during a trip to Bali and had her travel to Lake Tahoe, because he was performing there and wanted to offer her the job they had discussed as well as help her with a singing career. Dickinson says they had dinner in Lake Tahoe, and claims that he gave her a glass of red wine and a pill, which she asked for because she was menstruating and had stomach pains."
"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. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs." [Cosby has discussed drugging women in his comedy routine.]
Dickinson had detailed part of her interaction with Cosby in her 2002 memoir, but didn't detail the sexual assault because she claims that Cosby and his legal pressured her publisher not to include the incident. Vice has excerpts of the memoir, which has Cosby upset when Dickinson refuses to go into his hotel suit, "'Exhausted?' he asked, and it was clear he was trying hard to keep his temper in check. 'After all I've done for you, that's what I get? I'm exhausted.'" And Vice points out, "In 2006, while promoting her third book... Dickinson stuck to her story when she told Howard Stern that Cosby is 'a bad guy' who preys on vulnerable women."
Dickinson told ET, "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story. I believe all the other women... Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issued with this incident has drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself because I didn't have counsel and I was afraid. I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labeled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place."
And if she saw him today, she'd say, "How dare you. Go f*ck yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot."
Over the weekend, Cosby refused to answer any questions about the accusations during an NPR interview, and his lawyer John P. Schmitt, released a statement saying, "Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."
However, Schmitt released a new joint statement with the lawyer for Andrea Costand, who accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in a 2005 civil suit: "The statement released by Mr. Cosby’s attorney over the weekend was not intended to refer in any way to Andrea Constand. As previously reported, differences between Mr. Cosby and Ms. Constand were resolved to the mutual satisfaction of Mr. Cosby and Ms. Constand years ago. Neither Mr. Cosby nor Ms. Constand intends to comment further on the matter."