Janice Dickinson Breaks Down Discussing Cosby Rape Allegations
Many like to regard Janice Dickinson and her claims against Bill Cosby to be exaggerated or improbable or unlikely because she’s been so open about her past with drugs and sexual encounters with various celebrities. People have called her an attention-seeker, whore or flat out liar.
That’s rape culture for you. The burden rests with the alleged victim and not the victimizer. We like our rape victims to be perfect. So Janice coming forward, even after she already did so nearly a decade earlier in her 2002 biography, before all the others, seems suspicious to many because she presumably likes attention.
Whatever your thoughts on Janice, her recent interview with CNN’s Fredericka Whitfield is interesting.
If you don’t believe Janice, I don’t post this with the intent to change your mind but it is interesting and even educational about the ways in which women can be affected by rape and sexual assault, why they hesitate to speak out and even how the assault can still affect someone decades after it’s happened.
What has kept you from telling this story?
I remember being humiliated, disgusted. I had revulsion toward Cosby. Cosby was a very powerful man and still is. I stuffed it, I compartmentalized it because I was embarrassed.
Mr. Gardner, Stu Gardner left the dinner table. I was alone with him. And I had menstrual cramps. And he said, ‘Oh, I’ve got something for that.’ And he gave me a pill.
Did you ask what it was? Why did you trust him?
Because of his demeanor and the promise of a career. I trusted him. I wanted a television career. I had had a successful career for commercials and I wanted to take it to the next level.
When I started to black out, I had a polaroid camera on me and that’s when I started to take photographs. Last thing I remember I had blacked out and Cosby mounting me, like the monster that he was. I just remember passing out. But I remember more specifically waking up and that he…there was a lot of pain in… downstairs. There was semen all over me and my pajama bottoms were off and the top was opened. And at that point–fight or flight– I just packed up and got the hell out of there.
What she needs to hear from Bill Cosby right now.
I would like Cosby to come out and at least acknowledge that he is a monster, that he is a pig and he raped me.
And then she thanks Fredericka and CNN before breaking down.
“I’m sorry. I don’t know how to process this. I don’t know how to process these emotions. I don’t. I don’t. I’m going to meditate. I’m going to go to church. I do not know. This has affected me in my house. It’s affected me. And it’s probably affecting these women.”
You can watch the full interview in the video below.