The legendary supermodel accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, thebeauty said to the show’s host that the incident took place when the two met to discuss a potential role for her on “The Cosby Show” back in 1982.
“He gave me wine and a pill. 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.
Dickinson had previously referenced an uncomfortable encounter with Cosby in her biography she released back in 2002, though she stopped short of accusing him of assault.
In the interview she gave this week, the model said that she wanted to make the claims but his lawyers pressured her into keeping them out of the book.
In a statement provided to NBC News, Martin Singer, a lawyer for Cosby, disputed that allegation.
“You can confirm with Harper Collins that she never claimed that Mr. Cosby raped her, that no attorney representing Bill Cosby tried to kill the story,” Singer said. “No one tried to prevent anything she wanted to say about Bill Cosby in her book. There is documentary proof that Janice Dickinson is fabricating and lying about Bill Cosby.”
Dickinson said she wanted to reveal her story now to lend credit to the other women who have spoken out recently against Cosby.
“I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story,” she said. “I believe all the other women.”
By the way, Dickinson appeared to be one more victim in a series of women who have been reportedly abused by Cosby and stepped out to make assault allegations against the 77-year-old comic.
On Sunday, publicist and journalist Joan Tarshis said that Cosby assaulted her twice when she was a young aspiring actress.
In an essay on Hollywood Elsewhere, the woman writes that Cosby sexually assaulted her twice in 1969 when she was 19. The former actress and Cosby were both working at Universal Studios, and she said he took an interest in her.
Cosby often pushed alcohol on her and on one instance when the two had been working on material together, she fell unconscious at his bungalow after having a cocktail he made for her.
“The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed,”Tarshis wrote. “I thought I was being clever when I told him I had an infection and he would catch it and his wife would know he had sex with someone. But he just found another orifice to use. I was sickened by what was happening to me and shocked that this man I had idolized was now raping me. Of course I told no one.”
Bill Cosby remained silent after being asked to comment in the claims that he sexually assaulted several women.
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,” John P. Schmitt, lawyer for Bill Cosby, said in a statement.