In the highest-profile account yet, model Janice Dickinson says Bill Cosby drugged and raped her

Actress and model Janice Dickinson (right) has come forward to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her. -- PHOTO: AFP/ MEDIACORP
Actress and model Janice Dickinson (right) has come forward to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her. -- PHOTO: AFP/ MEDIACORP

Los Angeles - One more woman, actress and model Janice Dickinson, has come forward to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her.

Her interview with Entertainment Tonight, released on Tuesday, echoed the drug and rape allegations made by actress Barbara Bowman and publicist Joan Tarshis in the past week. A former judge on reality show America's Next Top Model, Dickinson is the highest-profile celebrity to have made her charges against Cosby public.

She said he assaulted her at Lake Tahoe, a popular resort in California, in 1982.

Their first meeting had been arranged by her agent, about a possible role for her on the sitcom The Cosby Show, Dickinson told the celebrity news show.

Cosby then called Dickinson a couple of times: once when she was in a rehab clinic, and again after she had checked out of rehab and travelled to Bali. He asked her to join him at Lake Tahoe, where he was performing, because he wanted to give her the job they had met about, and to help her with a singing career.

When she got there, they had dinner and he gave her a glass of red wine and a pill, after she said she had menstrual cramps, she told ET.

"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.

The last thing she remembered before blacking out was "Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me", she told ET.

She said she tried to include the assault in her 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard On Duty: The Accidental Life Of The World's First Supermodel, but Cosby and his lawyers pushed her and her publisher, HarperCollins, to leave it out.

Dickinson, 59, said she was coming forward finally "because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story".

The allegations against Cosby, 77, have resurfaced after a video of comedian Hannibal Buress calling the star a "rapist" during a stand-up show was posted online last month.

In her article for The Washington Post last week, Bowman said she had been assaulted by Cosby.

In another article for the blog Hollywood Elsewhere on Sunday, Tarshis made similar charges.

Cosby's lawyer has dismissed the accusations as "decade-old, discredited allegations".

Dickinson said she had lived in fear for years, and having to keep mum about the assault made her self-destructive.

She told ET she was afraid of being called names, for "trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place".

If she came face to face with him now, she said she would tell him: "How dare you. Go f*** yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot."