November 19, 2014
By Marcellous L. JONES
Paris, France – In a stunning new page to the rape allegations against famed American comedian Bill Cosby, supermodel Janice Dickinson has joined the growing chorus of women coming forth with their stories. She alleges that Cosby assaulted her in the early 1980’s.
In an exclusive interview with the television magazine ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, Dickinson declared that 1982 Cosby had her fly in from Bali to Lake Tahoe where he was performing. There they were to discuss both a role that he had in mind for her in “The Cosby Show” and his proposed assistance in helping her launch a singing career.
During the interview with E.T. co-host Kevin Frazier, she related vivid details of what she said transpired during that meeting.
“After dinner in my room, he’d given me wine. 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.
She went on to say that before blacking out, “The last thing I remembered 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.
I don’t remember fighting him off. I just remember, ‘What the F*ck is going on… I was embarrassed, and I was ashamed… I don’t want to implicate anyone because Bill Cosby is a very powerful man.
During the emotional interview Dickinson, who was already in rehab at the time of the alleged assault, says that it drove her to doing further harm to 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.
This is one of the biggest regrets and resentments throughout the course of my life. I’ve compartmentalized the memory. “
As more claims arise against the 77-year-old comedian, many ask why is Dickinson finally speaking out after 32 years of silence. To that she says, “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.”
Bill Cosby has been the subject of previous rape rumors. However, interest was renewed when comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a “rapist” during a Philadelphia comedy show.
Among Cosby’s accusers is Andrea Constang. She claims that Cosby drugged and assaulted her. She filed a lawsuit against him in 2004, but eventually settled the claim.
Tamara Greene said that Cosby drugged and groped her when she was a model in the 1970s. And publicist and journalist Joan Tarshish said that Cosby assaulted her twice in 1969 when she was a young aspiring actress.
And adding more fuel to the fire is the strongly worded Op Ed in the Washington Post, in which artist Barbara Bowman related her own story detailing similar abuse in 1985 at the hands of Cosby when she was but 17.
“In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry,” she wrote. “When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt, and Cosby was looming over me. I’m certain now that he drugged and raped me. But as a teenager, I tried to convince myself I had imagined it.”
At the time of the publication of this article, neither Bill Cosby nor his agents were available for comments. However his attorney John P. Schmitt released the following short statement:
“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.“