When Dickinson accused Cosby of a heinous sexual assault, his lawyer responded, “Janice Dickinson’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a lie.” Now, that denial is the basis for the latest legal action against the comedian.
“I’m suing Bill Cosby for justice and vindication,” Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday.
Dickinson’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, explained. “What sparked this lawsuit is Bill Cosby through his representatives calling Janice Dickinson a liar, and Janice is refusing to be re-victimized. She alleges she was drugged and raped by Bill Cosby, and then re-victimized again when he called her a liar.”
The model and TV personality claims that she has suffered from nightmares, nervousness and embarrassment since the assault occurred decades ago.
“I was drugged and raped — drugged and raped — by Bill Cosby,” Dickinson told ET. “And the fact that he and his spokespeople have called me a liar — referring to remarks that I’ve made — it’s just not correct. I want to fight this. I’m not being paid anything monetarily to do this, it’s just the right thing to do.
“I could not let myself be silent,” she continued. “I am sober today, and I’m in a program of vigorous honesty. I want to protect all those women that haven’t come forward and show them the love and support worldwide [so] that what happened to me will not happen to another woman.”
More than 30 women have come forward accusing Cosby of varying levels of sexual assault. While no criminal charges can be brought since the statute of limitations has run out on those reported so far, Dickinson is the fourth woman this month to bring a civil suit against him on the matter.