If the latest allegations are true, of course, it’s impossible for Cosby to continue stonewalling his accusers — and the public.
In the case of Dickinson, the allegations are sketchy and demand a response.
In an exclusive interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” the former model claimed she was lured to Lake Tahoe in 1982 to talk about her desire to launch a singing career and job opportunities with his popular television sitcom “The Cosby Show.”
A Tale of Two Bill Cosbys
Editor’s Note: The following passage is from Janice Dickinson’s 2002 memoir, “No Lifeguard on Duty.”
Cosby answered the door in nothing but a white towel. He was fresh from the shower, too; his black skin was glistening. He hugged me, a little too enthusiastically; told me how much he’d missed me, and how nice it was to see me. I believed him. Liquor does that to a girl. “God, you’re beautiful.” He kissed me, full on the lips, then went off to dress and we went downstairs, to dinner, where Cosby spent the next two hours talking about himself. It was An Evening with Bill Cosby. A Tribute to Bill Cosby. And suddenly I remembered something Andy Warhol once told me. It was his definition of an actor. He said, “An actor is a person whose eyes glaze over when the conversation is no longer about them.” And I thought, Well, then, Bill Cosby is an actor’s actor.
After dinner he asked me back to his room, and I went. But I stopped myself at the door. “I’m exhausted,” I said, begging off. His eyebrows went a little funny. “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,” I stammered. “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. Men.
She says Cosby gave her a glass of wine and a pill after she complained of menstrual cramps. She blacked out and says she was raped while semi-conscious.
“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 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,” said Dickinson, who was 27 at the time.
She says the assault took place in her hotel room. So, how did Cosby, who was performing in Tahoe at the time, end up in her room in a bath robe? And why was she meeting him in her pajamas after she said they had just finished dinner?
Did he just show up at her door in his bathrobe with a bottle of wine and just happen to have pills in his pocket? Or, did she supply the wine?
Dickinson, 59, became the third woman to come forward with allegations the eerily confirm Cosby’s MO as an alleged sexual predator and serial rapist.
Jan Tarshis, who went public over the weekend, and Barbara Bowman, who wrote about he experience in the Washington Post, tell eerily similar tales of promises, pills and sexual assault.
The supermodel, however, never mentioned the assault in her 2002 memoir. She says she wrote about it, but Cosby’s lawyers pressured HarperCollins to delete the account.
She’s coming forward now, “because it’s the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story,” she said.
With three women now making similar charges, Cosby can no longer hide behind silence or terse statements from his lawyer.
He needs to address these claims, personally and convincingly.
Cosby, 77, is considered one of the nation’s most beloved comedians and a tireless education advocate who has worked closely with children over the years.
While he’ll never face criminal prosecution because of the passage of time, he’s still in danger of being convicted in the court of public opinion.
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