Janice Dickinson has spoken out in an interview with CNN, calling Bill Cosby a “monster” and a “pig” and saying that he raped her in Lake Tahoe. As the video (below) reveals, the former supermodel went into graphic detail and broke down crying recounting the incident. She also responding to Cosby’s lawyers who call her claims a “fabricated lie.”
Although 59-year-old Janice Dickerson had given another television interview to Entertainment Tonight, her CNN interview stands apart as she was far more detailed in describing how the events unfolded in the Lake Tahoe, Nevada hotel room where she claims that the 77-year-old comedy icon both drugged and raped her.
Since the initial broadcast of that first interview, more women have come forward with similar claims of rape and sexual assault; to date approximately 20 women recount incidents that span from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The new interview was conducted by CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield. In it, Janice Dickerson explained that she had gone to Lake Tahoe at Cosby’s invitation. She spoke of her success to date as a supermodel and her desire to break into television. Cosby had indicated a willingness to help her.
She explained that she was particularly vulnerable and that she had just gotten out of rehab. She said that Cosby was aware of this yet offered her a glass of red wine. She said, “I was alone with him. I had menstrual cramp. he said “I have something for that” and he gave me a pill.”
In recent days, Janice Dickinson has shared Polaroid photos of Bill Cosby which she says are from that night. In the interview, she explained, “When I started to black out I had a Polaroid camera on me – I took several photographs. I just remember having him on me in my room the next morning.”
She continued saying, “The last thing I remember was blacking out and Cosby mounting me like the monster he was. And I was thinking, ‘What the heck?’ I remember passing out, but more specifically waking up.”
Janice Dickinson then explained what happened next, saying, “I remember waking up and that there was a lot of pain downstairs. There was semen all over me and my pajama bottoms were off and my top was open and at that point—fight or flight!—I just packed up and got the hell out of there.”
She added, “I remember being extremely angry that I had been violated. I remember feeling disgusted at him, but I was disgusted at myself.” She then went on to express remorse, saying, “I should have reported it to the Nevada police. I had crystal clear memory of this entire incident, of this rape.”
When asked to respond to Bill Cosby’s lawyers statements which call her story a “lie,” she said, “I am Janice Dickinson and I am the world’s first supermodel and this happened in 1982.”
She was also asked to respond to what Cosby said in a recent newspaper interview in which he characterized the numerous allegations of sexual assault as “innuendo.”
Dickinson said, ” Screw you, Bill. You know damn well he’s not going to take any responsibility. Innuendo? I say you raped me Bill Cosby, you raped me in 1982 in Lake Tahoe.”
She went on to add, “”I would like Cosby to come out and at least acknowledge that he is a pig, he is a monster, and he raped me.”
As the interview ended, Janice Dickinson broke down crying. She said, “I’m sorry, I don’t know how to process these emotions. I’m going to meditate. I’m going to go to church. This is affecting me in my house, this is affecting me here, and it’s really affecting these women.”
As the numbers of women who have come forward to claim Bill Cosby has sexually assaulted them, his lawyers continue to issue statements dismissing the claims. As for Janice Dickinson’s story, the most recent statement says in part that “Documentary proof and Ms. Dickinson’s own words show that her new story about something she now claims happened back in 1982 is a fabricated lie.”
The story continues to unfold both as more women come forward, and as the consequences for Bill Cosby and his legacy mount. Most recently, he resigned from the Board of Trustees at Temple University.
The full video of Janice Dickinson’s emotionally raw interview is below.