Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Blasts Janice Dickinson’s Sexual Assault Claims as ‘Outrageous,’ ‘Defamatory’

Former model claims that she was sexually assaulted by “The Cosby Show” star in the ’80s

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Bill Cosby‘s attorney is firing back at allegations made by Janice Dickinson, who claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982, calling the claims an “outrageous defamatory lie.”

In a letter to TheWrap, Cosby’s attorney, Marty Singer, cited a passage from Dickinson’s autobiography and a 2002 interview with the New York Observer, in which Dickinson purportedly claimed that Cosby “blew her off” after dinner because she didn’t sleep with him.

“Her new story claiming that she had been sexually assaulted is a defamatory fabrication,” Singer told TheWrap in the letter Tuesday.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, Dickinson, the former judge of “America’s Next Top Model,” claimed that in 1982 Cosby lured her to Lake Tahoe, where he was performing, with the promise of advancing Dickinson’s career.

Instead, Dickinson claimed the future “Cosby Show” star plied her with wine and a pill and sexually assaulted her.

“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 claimed. “Before I woke up in the morning, 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 went on to claim that Cosby’s lawyers pressured her to remove details of the alleged sexual assault after she submitted a draft to the publisher, a claim that Singer adamantly denies.

“Neither Mr. Cosby or any of his attorneys were ever told by Harper Collins that Ms. Dickinson had supposedly planned to write that he had sexually assaulted her, and neither Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives ever communication [sic] with the publisher about any alleged rape or sexual assault about the book,” Singer said.

Cosby has been besieged in recent days by allegations that he had sexually assaulted multiple women, though he has denied these claims. On Tuesday, Netflix pulled a scheduled comedy special starring the 77-year-old comedian. A comedy project starring Cosby is still in the early stages of development at NBC, which declined to comment.