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Janice Dickinson Sues Bill Cosby For Denying Her Rape Accusations

Janice Dickinson at a recent event (Getty Images)
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Model and reality star Janice Dickinson is suing comedian Bill Cosby for defamation after he denied her allegations of sexual assault. Janice Dickinson was one of several women to recently accuse Cosby of sexual assault. She claimed that the comedian drugged and rape her in Lake Tahoe hotel room back in 1982. Cosby's lawyer, Martin Singer, called Dickinson's accusations "false and outlandish." She is now suing for defamation and emotional distress, AP reports. Dickinson's lawsuit says that she asked for a retraction of Cosby's denials, but that the retraction was refused.

Dickinson said in her lawsuit that she did not initially report the rape because she was afraid that Cosby would seek retaliation. In 2002, she said she wanted to tell her story in an autobiography, but the publisher of the book told her no.

Dickinson said that she met Cosby because he said he had a job opportunity for her and wanted to help her with her career. After the two had dinner, she said she complained of cramps and Cosby offered her a glass of red wine and a pill. She later passed out. "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."

Three other women have also sued Cosby for defamation, including Therese Serignese, who claims her reputation has been damaged by Cosby calling her a liar.

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Recently, comedian Chelsea Handler said she thinks she almost got 'Cosbyed,' but avoided it by bringing two friends with her when he invited her to his hotel room.