More rape allegations surface against Bill Cosby

Model and TV host Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

Bill Cosby. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Model and television host Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

In an exclusive Entertainment Tonight interview which aired on Tuesday, Dickinson said the incident happened in 1982.

She said Cosby had called her once before while she was doing a stint in rehab.

"Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issue from this incident drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself."

She claims he then flew her from Bali to Lake Tahoe where he was performing.

"After dinner in my room, he had given me wine and a pill and the next morning when I woke up I wasn't wearing my pyjamas. I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man."

She said the last thing she remembers is Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of her.

"I remember a lot of pain"

Dickinson said she can't remember if she ever told anyone about the incident.

"I don't want to implicate anyone because Bill Cosby is a very powerful man."

She said the incident is one of the biggest regrets and resentments throughout the course of her life.

"I have compartmentalised the memory."

Cosby has remained silent and his attorney issued a statement at the weekend saying his client would not dignify "decade-old, discredited claims of sexual abuse with a response".

The beloved comedian has been dogged by accusations of sexual assault for a number of years but the allegations have resurfaced in recent weeks.

It started with comedian Hannibal Buress repeatedly calling Cosby a rapist during a show.

"Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches. I've done this bit on stage and people think I'm making it up.... when you leave here, Google 'Bill Cosby rape.' That sh** has more results than 'Hannibal Buress."

Footage of the joke went viral.

Earlier this month, Barbara Bowman, a former teenage model, wrote an opinion in the _ Washington Post_ in which she claimed: "Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times. In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone… I'm certain that he drugged and raped me."

Bowman also spoke about an incident in which the comedian allegedly pinned her to his hotel bed and made to remove his trousers.

"I furiously tried to wrestle from his grasp until he eventually gave up, angrily called me 'a baby' and sent me home."

In a separate incident, Hollywood Elsewhere published an account by a woman named Joan Tarshis earlier this month, in which she claims Cosby drugged and raped her in New York City in 1969.

Yesterday, actress Whoopi Goldberg came to Cosby's defence.

Speaking as a panellist on The View, Goldberg said she had "a lot of questions" and would "reserve judgment".