The latest woman to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault is the most famous yet.
It started this week with a Vice article by Tracie Egan Morrissey, who excerpted passages about Cosby from former supermodel Janice Dickinson‘s 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty. It quickly escalated with Dickinson shockingly filling in the blanks in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier.
While the additional, shared details were immediately dismissed by Cosby attorney Marty Singer as “a defamatory fabrication,” some earlier legal wrangling with Cosby apparently kept these allegations from surfacing well before 2004 accuser Andrea Constand:
Dickinson says she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but claims that when she submitted a draft with her full story to HarperCollins, Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details.
The alleged incident took place in 1982. Dickinson told Frazier she can’t remember if she confided about it to anyone at the time. In an earlier 2006 interview with Howard Stern, Dickinson alluded to the HarperCollins business and said she couldn’t speak beyond that about Cosby, for fear of legal repercussions.
Update (7:00 p.m.):
In a second statement given to TheWrap, Singer has denied Dickinson’s claim that attorneys for Cosby threatened litigation in 2002 over the draft autobiography:
“Her publisher HarperCollins can confirm that no attorney representing Mr. Cosby tried to kill the alleged rape story (since there was no such story) or tried to prevent her from saying whatever she wanted about Bill Cosby in her book. 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.”