Janice Dickinson Said “Bill Cosby Preys On Women” During 2006 Howard Stern Interview

This morning, I told you that supermodel Janice Dickinson told “Entertainment Tonight” that Bill Cosby raped her back in 1982. But while this is the first time she’s spoken out publicly about her own alleged rape, she just about implied as much in a 2006 interview with Howard Stern, which the shock jock’s website chose to upload today, in light of Dickinson’s allegations. Here is a transcript of the relevant exchange:

HS: So he nailed you? You had sex with Bill Cosby?

JD: Bill Cosby was the only guy I couldn’t write about in the book [No Lifeguard on Duty] because [HarperCollins was] afraid of lawsuits… wouldn’t touch that one. And I don’t want to get near that because I don’t have the shekels that you do or that Cosby does … The guy’s a bad guy. Let me just say that. He’s not a nice guy. He preys on women that just come out of rehab. I’ll just say that.

I absolutely believe Dickinson’s story and would regardless of this 2006 interview, but nonetheless want to point out that the story she is telling now matches the things she said then, and I would bet this story is the same one told in her book before it was nixed by her legally squeamish publisher. Her story is consistent. Cosby’s rep Marty Singer issued yet another denial, calling Dickinson’s allegations a “complete lie,” and saying, “You can confirm with HarperCollins that she never claimed that Mr. Cosby raped her, that no attorney representing Bill Cosby tried to kill the story … and no one tried to prevent anything she wanted to say about Bill Cosby in her book. There is documentary proof that Janice Dickinson is fabricating and lying about Bill Cosby.”

It would be an absolute gamechanger if HarperCollins actually sacked up and confirmed that Cosby’s team put pressure on them to drop the rape allegations from Dickinson’s book — but I’m not holding my breath. Not because I don’t believe it happened, but because I don’t generally expect companies to stand up for what’s right, regardless of potential legal consequences.

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