EDITORIAL: Janice, you said it best. Coming forward and speaking out about abuse is the right thing to do. Each time someone speaks out about the abuse they suffered in these industries, lives are saved. We cannot stop predatory behavior by ignoring it or being pressured into silence.
The main problem in the entertainment and media industries is they are run by men. They have always been and will continue to be predators who use their power and influence to make or break careers. It’s sexual discrimination and harassment at the very least and in many cases, as we’re hearing more about everyday, those unpunished behaviors have grown into sexual molestation, assault and rape.
Girls grow up and when they do, they realize just how much many of the men in their lives have worked hard to exploit their sexuality and emotions for their own sexual deviancies. Using drugs and alcohol to violate the very being of a young person is one of the most heinous crimes committed against humanity.
Bill, you’re going down. Predators can run but they can’t hide. The past will always catch them sooner than later. Time to man up, spare your victims, take your consequences and get some major therapy. It would be the biggest and best example you can leave to this World now!
USA TODAY on 11/19/2014
TV host and model Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight that Cosby assaulted her in 1982. More than a dozen claims against Cosby are starting to affect his career. VPC
TV host and model Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to accuse comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault.
Dickinson, now 59, told Entertainment Tonight in an interview that aired Tuesday that Cosby assaulted her in 1982 after a dinner in Lake Tahoe where Cosby was performing.
According to Dickinson, Cosby gave her a pill and a glass of red wine, after she complained of stomach pains.
When she awoke the next morning, “I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight.
The last thing Dickinson says she remembered was, “Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain.”
Dickinson also told Entertainment Tonight that she submitted a draft of her 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel, which included a description of the assault, but she says Cosby’s lawyers pressured her and HarperCollins to remove the allegation, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Dickinson also called Cosby “a bad guy who preys on vulnerable women,” on the Howard Stern Show in 2006.
She says the rape, “drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself.”
Dickinson was a very successful model in the 1980s and takes credit for coining the term “supermodel.”
More than a dozen women have now publicly made similar allegations against Cosby and the claims have begun to affect him professionally. A scheduled appearance on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman was canceled, and Tuesday night Netflix announced it was “postponing” the release of a Cosby comedy special.
Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmitt, has dismissed the sexual assault claims as “decade-old” and “discredited,” and said, “Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”