Janice Dickinson Steps Forward As One Of Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Victims
With two other alleged victims having come forward with their decades old stories of sexual assault at the hands of Bill Cosby, other women claiming to recall being victimized by the rich and powerful comedian are stepping forward. In a somewhat shocking twist, “America’s first supermodel” and tabloid fixture Janice Dickinson has come forward and claimed that she too was drugged and forced to have sex with Bill back in the early 80’s. Via ETonline:
With rape allegations against Bill Cosby mounting, supermodel Janice Dickinson tells ET in a new interview that the comedian sexually assaulted her in 1982.
Dickinson, now 59, recalls first meeting Cosby, now 77, when her agent set up a meeting with him to hire her for a role on The Cosby Show. After they had dinner, she says their next conversation was when he called her out of the blue while she was in rehab for drugs and alcohol. 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.
And that’s when she tells ET that things took a disturbing turn.
“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 tells ET. “… 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.”
Dickinson also says she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel, but claims that when she submitted a draft with her full story to HarperCollins, Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details.
“I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story,” she says about coming out with her story now. “I believe all the other women.”
Dickinson says that keeping the alleged sexual assault a secret for 32 years drove her to a life of hurting herself.
“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,” she says. “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.”
But now Dickinson, who says she never confronted Cosby after the alleged incident, doesn’t mince words when it comes to what she would say to him now.
“How dare you,” she says. “Go f*ck yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot.”
Damn…look what you started, Hannibal Buress. This is probably REALLY going to catch fire now that an actual “name” in the industry is coming forward. What, if anything, do you think will happen to Bill Cosby now?