Janice Dickinson is speaking out about the recent news that Bill Cosby admitted (in a 2005 deposition) that he procured quaaludes with the intent of drugging women he wanted to sleep with. The former supermodel and reality star is one of the most high profile and outspoken accusers to come forward in the sexual allegations against the comedian.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Dickinson said of her ordeal, “It’s been horrible. It’s a f—ing nightmare.” The former ANTM judge continued, “I found the courage and strength through my 12-step meetings and my church. I was drugged and I was raped in 1982 by Bill Cosby in Nevada.” She added that speaking out has taken a toll on her family as well. “It’s really embarrassing my children, and I’m terribly sorry about that. But I think in the long run they’ll know it was the right thing for me to do.”
Dickinson, who will appear next on VH1’s Couples Therapy alongside her fiancé Dr. Robert Gerner, has also had to deal with disparaging and inflammatory statements against her from Cosby’s reps and the court of public opinion, but she hopes that coming forward will help others do the same. She feels no sense of closure though. “[Cosby] needs to make an admission of guilt in order for me to feel any sense of vindication for my soul to repair and heal,” she said.
Janice can be seen on Couples Therapy when it returns in the fall.