Bill Cosby: Janice Dickinson’s Rape Allegation Is a “Complete Lie”
After Dickinson’s appearance on Entertainment Tonight, in which the former America’s Next Top Model judge claimed she was drugged and raped after a dinner in 1982, Cosby’s attorney has released a statement on Wednesday defending his client from the accusation, reading, “Janice’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a complete lie. There is documentary proof that Janice Dickinson is fabricating and lying about Bill Cosby.”
Furthermore, Cosby’s legal team insists that they did not put pressure on Dickinson and her publisher, HarperCollins, to remove any anecdote about Cosby from the model’s 2002 autobiography, No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel. According to Dickinson, she had tried to write about the alleged rape in the memoir but was stopped by Cosby’s lawyers.
“The only story she gave 12 years ago in her autobiography as well as her interview with the media was that she refused to sleep with Mr. Cosby and he blew her off,” Cosby’s lawyer, Marty Singer, says in the statement. “You can confirm with HarperCollins that she never claimed Mr. Cosby raped her, that no attorney representing Bill Cosby tried to kill the story (since there was no such story) and no one tried to prevent anything she wanted to say about Bill Cosby in her book.”
Dickinson is the third woman to come forward with a sexual assault accusation against Cosby. Former publicist Joan Tarshis and Barbara Bowman, who wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post last week detailing her alleged assault, have previously spoken out about alleged rapes that took place between 1969 to 1985.
As rape allegations continue to surface, Cosby has cancelled his public appearances and Netflix has postponed the comedian’s special, Bill Cosby 77, from airing later this month. NBC has ceased work on developing the comedian’s show.