Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TV Host Janice Dickinson is latest Cosby accuser

William Cummings, USA TODAY
TV host and model Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

Dickinson, now 59, told Entertainment Tonight in an interview that aired Tuesday that Cosby assaulted her in 1982 after a dinner in Lake Tahoe where Cosby was performing. According to Dickinson, Cosby gave her a pill and a glass of red wine, after she complained of stomach pains.

When she awoke the next morning, "I wasn't wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man," Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight.

The last thing Dickinson says she remembered was, "Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain."

Dickinson also told Entertainment Tonight that she submitted a draft of her 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the Word's First Supermodel, which included a description of the assault, but she says Cosby's lawyers pressured her and HarperCollins to remove the allegation, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Dickinson also called Cosby "a bad guy who preys on vulnerable women," on the Howard Stern Show in 2006.

She says the rape, "drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself."

Dickinson was a very successful model in the 1980s and takes credit for coining the term "supermodel."

She has appeared in several reality TV shows, including America's Next Top Model, The Surreal Life and I'm a Celebrity... Get me Out of Here!, in addition to hosting The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.

More than a dozen women have now publicly made similar allegations against Cosby and the claims have been begun to affect him professionally. A scheduled appearance on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman was canceled, and Tuesday night Netflix announced it was "postponing" the release of a Cosby comedy special.

Cosby's lawyer, John P. Schmitt, has dismissed the sexual assault claims as "decade-old" and "discredited," and said, "Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment."

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