Janice Dickinson Sues Bill Cosby for Defamation After He Denies Raping Her
In November, the model accused the embattled comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting her
On Wednesday, the supermodel filed a suit against Cosby, 77, for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to court papers obtained by PEOPLE. Cosby’s lawyer had no immediate comment.
“Janice Dickinson, like over three dozen other Cosby victims, recently publicly disclosed that she was drugged and raped by Bill Cosby,” Dickinson’s lawyer writes in the complaint. “In retaliation, Cosby, through an attorney, publicly branded her a liar and called her rape disclosure a lie with the intent and effect of revictimizing her and destroying the professional reputation she’s spent decades building.”
Dickinson, 60, came forward with her story last November after decades-old allegations against the comedian resurfaced.
She claims Cosby flew her from a shoot in Bali, India, to his home in Lake Tahoe, Nevada to discuss her working on The Cosby Show. She complained of menstrual cramps, and he offered her red wine and a pill, she says.
“Because of his demeanor and the promise of a career, I trusted him,” she told CNN in December.
She saw “Bill Cosby mounting me, like the monster that he was,” she said. “I remember more specifically waking up and that … there was a lot of pain downstairs. There was semen all over me and my pajama bottoms were off and the top was opened. At that point – fight or flight – I just packed up and got the hell out of there.”
In the complaint, she specifies that Cosby penetrated her vaginally and anally without her consent.
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Cosby has denied assaulting Dickinson and the more than 40 women who have spoken out against him – many of them young, fledgling models or actresses at the time of the alleged incidents.
“The only story she gave 12 years ago to the media and in her autobiography was that she refused to sleep with Mr. Cosby and he blew her off,” Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer previously told PEOPLE of Dickinson. “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.”
According to the complaint, Dickinson wanted to write about the rape in her 2002 memoir No Lifeguard on Duty but was barred from doing so by her publisher’s legal department and alluded to the situation in a 2006 interview with Howard Stern – proof, she argues, that the allegation isn’t new.
She is seeking unspecified damages. Cosby faces a defamation lawsuit from alleged victims Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz, but no criminal charges or civil lawsuits have been filed, mainly because the statue of limitations has passed.