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Janice Dickinson: 'Bill Cosby sexually assaulted me'

CLAIMS: Former supermodel Janice Dickinson said that comedian Bill Cosby "sexually assaulted" her when she was younger

FORMER SUPERMODEL Janice Dickinson has claimed that veteran actor and comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982.

Talking exclusively to Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson, 59, recalled her first meeting with Cosby, 77, when her agent set up a meeting with him to hire her for a role on The Cosby Show.

After they had dinner, she said their next conversation was when he called her out of the blue while she was in rehab for drugs and alcohol.

Following her stay in rehab, Dickinson said Cosby reached out to her during a trip to Bali and had her travel to Lake Tahoe, because he was performing there and wanted to offer her the job they had discussed as well as help her with a singing career.

According to the model, they had dinner in Lake Tahoe where the actor gave her a glass of red wine and a pill, which she asked for because she was menstruating and had stomach pains.

And then, according to Dickinson, things took a disturbing turn.

"The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pyjamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man," she told the interviewer.

"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.

She added: "The next morning I remember waking up with my pyjamas off and there was semen in between my legs."

Dickinson also claimed that she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel, but claims that when she submitted a draft with her full story to publishers HarperCollins, Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details.

"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 during the televised interview. "I believe all the other women."

Dickinson also pointed out that having to keep the alleged sexual assault a secret for 32 years drove her to a life of self-harm.

"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 said.

"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."

Dickinson is the third woman to come forward with a sexual assault accusation against Cosby.

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