UPDATE: NBC has dropped its Bill Cosby comedy project from development. Here is the full statement by attorney Martin Singer:
Janice Dickinson’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a lie. There is a glaring contradiction between what she is claiming now for the first time and what she wrote in her own book and what she told the media back in 2002. Ms. Dickinson did an interview with the New York Observer in September 2002 entitled “Interview With a Vamp” completely contradicting her new story about Mr. Cosby. That interview a dozen years ago said “she didn’t want to go to bed with him and he blew her off.” Her publisher Harper Collins can confirm that no attorney representing Mr. Cosby tried to kill the alleged rape story (since there was no such story) or tried to prevent her from saying whatever she wanted about Bill Cosby in her book. The only story she gave 12 years ago to the media and in her autobiography was that she refused to sleep with Mr. Cosby and he blew her off. Documentary proof and Ms. Dickinson’s own words show that her new story about something she now claims happened back in 1982 is a fabricated lie.
Attorney Martin Singer is disputing the claim made by former model Janice Dickinson that she was raped by Bill Cosby in 1982.
Singer, a top showbiz litigator who is frequently hired by celebs facing PR and legal crises, has blasted the accusations Dickinson leveled against Cosby on Tuesday’s edition of “Entertainment Tonight.”
“Janice (Dickinson’s) story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a complete lie,” Marty Singer, Cosby’s attorney, said in a statement. “There is documentary proof that Janice Dickinson is fabricating and lying about Bill Cosby.”
Dickinson told “ET” in a lengthy interview that Cosby drugged and assaulted her after inviting her into his hotel room in Lake Tahoe, where he was performing. She claimed that she tried to tell the story in her 2002 autobiography but was blocked by Cosby’s legal team. Singer asserted this claim was also untrue.
“The only story she gave 12 years ago in her autobiography as well as her interview with the media was that she refused to sleep with Mr. Cosby and he blew her off,” Singer said. “You can confirm with (publisher) Harper Collins that she never claimed Mr. Cosby raped her, that no attorney representing Bill Cosby tried to kill the story (since there was no such story) and no one tried to prevent anything she wanted to say about Bill Cosby in her book.”
Singer’s statement marks a change in how Cosby’s camp is handling of the growing allegations against the comedian from multiple women. The comedian himself has refused to comment, and another Cosby attorney on Sunday issued a short statement denying what he called “discredited” claims from other women but refused to elaborate.
The mushrooming scandal has already had major fallout for the comedian, who has for decades been one of America’s most beloved entertainers. Cosby has canceled media appearances, and on Tuesday night Netflix confirmed it would delay the planned release of an hourlong comedy special “Bill Cosby 77,” which had been set to bow on Nov. 28.
There is strong speculation in the biz that NBC will be forced to put on hold its development of a new domestic comedy that was to star Cosby as the patriarch of an eclectic family.
Singer has experience dealing with clients who are facing salacious sexual allegations. Earlier this year, he guided director Bryan Singer through a lawsuit brought by Michael Egan, who made splashy claims in Apirl that he was raped by Singer and others years before when he was underage. The case was dropped by Egan in August.