Janice Dickinson: ‘Bill Cosby Raped Me’

I had a long piece planned on why you have to be a fucking idiot to still be defending Bill Cosby, but that’s practically a moot point now thanks to former supermodel Janice Dickinson who just became the next, and most high profile, alleged victim to come forward and accuse Bill Cosby of raping her in 1982. Entertainment Tonight reports:

Dickinson, now 59, recalls first meeting Cosby, now 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 says 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 says 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.
Dickinson says they had dinner in Lake Tahoe, and claims that he gave her a glass of red wine and a pill, which she asked for because she was menstruating and had stomach pains.
And that’s when she tells ET that things took a disturbing turn.
“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 tells ET. “… 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.”

Janice later tried to write about the incident in her 2002 book No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel – years before he’d face his first public accusations of raping and drugging Andrea Constand, according to Vice – but Cosby’s lawyers pressured her and HarperCollins to remove the details. (She was allowed to keep a part in about him getting pissed that she didn’t consensually sleep with him, and some creepy ass shit about Telly Savalas.) But now she’s ready to tell him to go fuck himself:

“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 says. “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.”
But now Dickinson, who says she never confronted Cosby after the alleged incident, doesn’t mince words when it comes to what she would say to him now.
“How dare you,” she says. “Go f*ck yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot.”

One of the most repeated defenses of Bill Cosby is that he’s innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Which is technically true and sounds reasonable if you willingly ignore the fact that Bill Cosby is rich enough to never see the inside of a courtroom which he’s already done once. No one knows how much money he paid Andrea Constand to agree to settle, but just to put the size of his wealth in perspective, in 1992 Bill Cosby tried to buy NBC. NBC. So I don’t want to hear shit about “the court of public opinion” or “how the whole system falls apart” if Bill Cosby is judged by an overwhelming amount of evidence that he’s more than likely a serial rapist. And to put a nail in that coffin, ThinkProgress reports his lawyer had to pull this statement from Bill Cosby’s website in response to his disastrous NPR interview:

“Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. 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

And this is its replacement:

Joint statement from Dolores Troiani, counsel to Andrea Constand, and John P. Schmitt, counsel to Bill Cosby.
The statement released by Mr. Cosby’s attorney over the weekend was not intended to refer in any way to Andrea Constand. As previously reported, differences between Mr. Cosby and Ms. Constand were resolved to the mutual satisfaction of Mr. Cosby and Ms. Constand years ago. Neither Mr. Cosby nor Ms. Constand intends to comment further on the matter.

Looks like somebody has it in her settlement that Bill Cosby can’t publicly say he never raped her. I believe that’s checkmate eating the pudding pops with the Theo.

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