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Janice Dickinson says Bill Cosby raped her

Janice Dickinson says Bill Cosby raped her
Janice Dickinson on Entertainment Tonight.

Joining the list of women who say Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them is former America’s Next Top Model judge and long-time reality TV star Janice Dickinson.

Janice told Entertainment Tonight that Cosby raped her in 1982, and that “drove me to a life of trying to hurt myself.” She said she did not report it because “I was embarrassed and ashamed.”

Janice said “he’d given me wine and a pill” despite the fact that she was in rehab. “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,” she said. “I don’t remember fighting him off. I just remember, ‘What the fuck is going on?'”

Last week, actor Barbara Bowman wrote a Washington Post op-ed last week titled, “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?” In it, she notes that she’s been talking about this for a decade, but “[o]nly after a man, Hannibal Buress, called Bill Cosby a rapist in a comedy act last month did the public outcry begin in earnest.”

A Sunday Hollywood Elsewhere report that told the story of publicist and journalist Joan Tarshis, who said she was assaulted by Cosby in 1969, reported that, as of then, “13 women have reportedly accused the comedian of intimate transgressions of one kind or another.”

Interviewed on Weekend Edition Saturday, Cosby refused to even refuse to answer a question, instead responding with silence and only shaking his head no. In a statement posted on his web site that is no longer online, Cosby’s lawyer John P. Schmitt said:

“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.”

Update: Cosby’s lawyer Martin Singer told The Wrap that Janice’s “new story claiming that she had been sexually assaulted is a defamatory fabrication.” Regarding her allegation that a discussion of that was removed from her book because of objections from Cosby’s lawyers, Singer said, “Neither Mr. Cosby or 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 or any of his representatives ever communication [sic] with the publisher about any alleged rape or sexual assault about the book.”

Second update: In a 2006 interview with Howard Stern, via Jim Romenesko, Janice corroborates her current story without offering many details, though she calls Cosby “a bad guy” who “preys on women that have just come out of rehab”:

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