Bill Cosby’s sexual assault accusations are piling up, with model Janice Dickinson the latest in line, telling Entertainment Tonight that Cosby gave her pills with her wine and then raped her in the early 1980s.
The events took place in 1982, when Dickinson was in rehab. Cosby contacted her to talk about a possible role in his show and flew her over to his home in Lake Tahoe.
“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… 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. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs,” Dickinson said.
These allegations come on the back of 13 women accusing Cosby of sexual assault in the past two weeks. Publicist Joan Tarshis told Hollywood Elsewhere on Sunday that Cosby raped her twice in 1969 when she was just 19 years old.
“One day [Cosby] asked me to stay after the shooting and work on some material with him…In his bungalow he made me a redeye…The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed. Through the haze I thought I was being clever when I told him I had an infection and he would catch it and his wife would know he had sex with someone. But he just found another orifice to use. I was sickened by what was happening to me and shocked that this man I had idolized was now raping me. Of course I told no one.”
According to Radar Online, a 66-year-old woman from New York wrote about her own uncomfortable encounter with Cosby on Facebook on Tuesday.
“When I was 19 years old I lived in Los Angeles and worked at a restaurant called Café Figaro, which was part owned by Bill Cosby. He used to come in from time to time and one day he offered me a ride home… I accepted. Instead, he drove out to the beach and opened a briefcase filled with assorted drugs and kept offering me pills ‘to relax,’ which I declined. He began to get sexually aggressive and wouldn’t take ‘No’ for an answer. I freaked out and demanded to be taken home.”
What is alarming is how often this happens in our society: a woman comes out that a powerful man has raped or sexually assaulted her, and this often spawns a barrage of other women coming forward with their own stories. I don’t want to speculate whether Bill Cosby definitely raped these women or not, but why would all 13 women lie? For money? For fame? Janice Dickinson doesn’t need either, and Joan Tarshis is a successful music publicist and journalist. When these kinds of stories become public, the more likely scenario is that it takes one woman’s bravery to call out a sexual predator with other victims then feeling compelled and safe to follow her lead. Violence against women has to be talked about and brought to the forefront of public scrutiny. I wish we lived in a world of liars rather than rapists, but somehow I don’t believe that is the case.
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