In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the reality TV star revealed for the first time claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982, and her claims are graphic and sickening. She’s the third woman to come forward this week, years after 13 women settled a lawsuit against Cosby that claimed the stand-up comedian raped them.
Dickinson claims she first met Cosby when her agent set up a meeting with him to discuss a possible role on The Cosby Show. Later, after Dickinson went to rehab, she says, Cosby invited her to Lake Tahoe to discuss the role again.
According to Dickinson’s allegations, Cosby gave her a glass of wine and a pill for menstrual cramps.
“The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out thinking that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” she said. “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.”
Dickinson also said in her interview that Cosby’s lawyers pressured her not to write about the alleged rape in her 2002 memoir, No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel.
“I’m doing this [now] because it’s the right thing to do and it happened to me, and this is the true story,” she said. “I believe all the other women.”
Joan Tarshis, another woman who claims to have been sexually assaulted by Cosby, has a story very similar to Dickinson’s.
“We went up to his bungalow and he made me a drink,” Tarshis said when she went public with her story earlier this month. “Shortly after that, I passed out. I woke up or came to very groggily with him removing my underwear.”
Cosby has refused to comment on any of the new allegations. His lawyer’s statement says only, “Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact 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.”
Update, Nov. 19, 2014: A lawyer for Cosby told The Wrap that Dickinson’s claims are an “outrageous defamatory lie”, which directly contradict her previous version of meeting Cosby in her autobiography. “Her new story claiming that she had been sexually assaulted is a defamatory fabrication,” said attorney Marty Singer.