Bill Cosby is firing back after model Janice Dickinson accused him of sexually assaulting her, calling the allegation an “outrageous defamatory lie.”
Dickinson joined more than a dozen other women in accusing Cosby of raping or pressuring them into sexual situations. The model shared a passage from her 2002 autobiography in which she claimed Cosby “blew her off” at dinner because she reused to give in to his sexual advances.
Janice Dickinson claimed that Cosby lured her to Lake Tahoe in 1982, claiming he would help push her career further. Dickinson said instead Cosby drugged her and sexually assaulted her.
“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,” Dickinson said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “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.”
Now Bill Cosby is firing back, with his attorney Marty Singer saying the allegations are untrue.
“Her new story claiming that she had been sexually assaulted is a defamatory fabrication,” Singer told The Wrap in a letter Tuesday.
Dickinson said she planned to share her account of the incident in her memoir, but was pressured by Cosby’s lawyers to remove the details.
Singer denies the claim.
“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,” Singer said.
Janice Dickinson’s allegations are the latest blow to Bill Cosby, who has been accused of assaulting more than a dozen women. These allegations were first brought in 2004, but remained largely under the media radar until comedian Hannibal Burress brought launched into Cosby during a stand-up routine.
Another report this week found that Cosby was under investigation for rape in 2005, but a Pennsylvania district attorney decided not to go forward with the case.
The allegations have now started to sink the career of Bill Cosby. He canceled a planned appearance with David Letterman, this week Netflix canceled his planned comedy special.