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Janice Dickinson: 'Bill Cosby Raped Me, Too'

Janice Dickinson: 'Bill Cosby Raped Me, Too'

The sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby continue to mount this week, with yet another rape victim coming forward to share her story. Except this time, the victim's name is one we all know well: Janice Dickinson.

As she shared with Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson says she was assaulted by Cosby back in her early modeling days in 1982, when the comedian invited her to come to Lake Tahoe to see one of his shows, flying her there on his dime.

While she was there, Dickinson says she had a glass of red wine and asked the comedian for mild pain med medication—but only because she was suffering from cramps. Instead, she believes he gave her a date rape drug, since she passed out soon after. The model was 27 at the time, while Cosby was 45.

"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," Dickinson told ET. "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."

Dickinson's claims, while shocking to hear, are sadly just the latest in a long line of similar accusations that have come against the comedian in recent years. In fact, most of the victims describe being drugged and raped at Cosby's home or other remote location, where they were defenseless against the abuse, and ashamed to report it directly afterwards.

The growing list of stories, which have been spilling out over the last decade, are even more disturbing when you consider just how many victims there are—and just how many more might still be out there.

There was Andrea Constand, who came forward in 2005 to say that she had been drugged and molested the year before by the comedian. Constand, a former director of operations for the Temple University women’s basketball team, had no reasons to lie, but despite filing a lawsuit, a local prosecutor allegedly declined to file charges. They later settled the lawsuit out of court.

After Constand's story became public, another victim, Tamara Green, shared a similar story of being drugged and then molested on the "Today Show," though she says her assault happened back in the 1970s. A year after that, in 2006, the Philadelphia Daily News outed Beth Ferrier as one of the other anonymous women who were named in Constand's lawsuit that were also assaulted by Cosby. In her case, Ferrier says she was drugged and assaulted in a car in Denver during the 1980s.

In the last week, the troubling story of Barbara Bowman's rape by Cosby in the 1980s has also resurfaced—this time, with the former model speaking out in a moving piece for the Washington Post. In it, she states bluntly: "Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take over 30 years for people to believe me?"

Her question seems simple enough, but the answer itself is sad when you consider how hard it has been for the public to separate Cosby's personal image from that of the lovable, morally correct Dr. Huxtable he played on TV.

As for Dickinson, it may have taken her some time to come forward, but she says that now ultimately felt like the right time to finally break her silence.

"I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story," she shared with ET. "I believe all the other women."

Keeping the alleged rape a secret for so long, says Dickinson, has ultimately destroyed her emotionally.

"Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issues with this incident has drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself because I didn't have counsel and I was afraid," she says. "I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labeled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place."

Photo via Entertainment Tonight

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