Yesterday, Janice Dickinson came forward with claims she was drugged and raped by Bill Cosby in 1982. She told a significantly different story when she was promoting her autobiography in 2002.
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight on Monday, Janice said the comedian called her when she was on a job in Bali and invited her to meet him in Lake Tahoe to discuss a possible singing career. After his show, Janice said Bill went to her hotel room and offered her a glass of wine and a pill. Then, shortly before passing out, Janice claimed Bill dropped his robe and got on top of her. She continued, “The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”
In 2002’s No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel, Janice also wrote about meeting Bill in Lake Tahoe — but said nothing happened between them because she was too tired. Here’s what she wrote, starting with Bill’s reaction to her excuse…
“Exhausted?” he asked, and it was clear he was trying hard to keep his temper in check. “After all I’ve done for you, that’s what I get? I’m exhausted…”
“Well gee Bill, if I had known it was going to be like this…”
He waved both hands in front of my face, silencing me. Then he gave me the dirtiest, meanest look in the world, stepped into his suite, and slammed the door in my face.
In a 2002 interview with The New York Observer, Janice went on to describe Bill as “so sad” for dangling career opportunities in front of her. She also said she was in rehab, not working on a job, when he called.
During Monday’s interview, Janice tried to cover her bases by saying her publisher sent a draft of her autobiography to Bill’s lawyers and they insisted she remove the sexual assault story. However, Bill’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told The Wrap that “Neither Mr. Cosby or any of his attorneys were ever told by Harper Collins that Ms. Dickinson had supposedly planned to write that he had sexually assaulted her, and neither Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives ever communication [sic] with the publisher about any alleged rape or sexual assault about the book.” He also said Janice’s claim is a “defamatory fabrication.”