Des Moines, IA- Model Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to accuse legendary comedian and actor Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in the 80s when she was an aspiring actress. Estimates put the number of Cosby’s in the dozens, but the superstar has managed to dodge the controversy until now.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson discussed the incident she said happened back in 1982, when she met Cosby to talk about a role on his hit sitcom “The Cosby Show,” the Huffington Post reported. Dickinson related a tale eerily similar to accounts from the more than a dozen women to accuse Cosby of sexual assault and rape over the past three decades.
Dickinson said that Cosby gave her wine and a pill. She said she remembered before she passed out that Cosby sexually assaulted her. After that, the only thing she remembers is waking up in her pajamas the next morning, according to the Huffington Post.
The model told that story before in her biography, but few people took notice. This is the first time, the Huffington Post noted, that she has spoken publically about the incident. She hopes by coming forward with her story, she can lend weight to the re-emerging accusations.
The accusations against Cosby, even though nearly four decades old, resurfaced after comedian Hannibal Burress made a reference to the Cosby’s alleged assaults and rape in a stand-up. The story was pounced on and now three past victims have come forward with allegations against the legendary TV dad.
Last week, Barbara Bowman, a publicist living in Arizona wrote an essay entitled “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?” The essay, which appeared in the Washington Post, Thursday, Oct. 13th, detailed Bowman’s 1985 encounter with the popular entertainer. Bowman, like Dickinson said she was meeting with Cosby under the presumption of getting a part on “The Cosby Show.”
Bowman alleges she was assaulted by Cosby on more than one occasion, the last of which resulted in him drugging her and raping her. She asked for help and no one listened so she moved on. When another alleged victim came forward, Bowman told her story to the media and hoped to have her day in court, but the other woman decided to accept a settlement instead of pursue her sexual harassment case in the court.
This past weekend, Cosby, who will soon have a new NBC show, refused to even discuss the allegations when NPR’s Scott Simon asked him about them during an appearance on Weekend Edition.
After his appearance on NPR, Cosby’s attorney, John P. Schmitt, issued a statement denying the various accusations. “Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced,” Schmitt said. “The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.”
Cosby has never been charged and it is difficult to the assume the settlement is an admission of guilt, since it is common for parties involved in sexual harassment suits to settle the allegations quickly and absent an admission of wrongdoing. Sometimes sexual harassment attorneys suggest a quick resolution to protect the accused’s reputation.