NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA—Janice Dickinson had finally become a successful model and wanted to try her hand at acting when her agent told her Bill Cosby wanted to mentor her.
“I was very excited,” she told a jury Thursday morning on the fourth day of Cosby’s trial on drugging and sexual assault charges. “He was ‘America’s Dad.’ He was very well respected from being on TV to being a happily married man with five children.”
They met up at Cosby’s townhouse on New York City’s Upper East Side and had a very pleasant dinner, she said, where they discussed her acting aspirations. Not long afterward, in 1982, she was on a photo shoot in Bali when she got a phone call from Cosby inviting her to come to Lake Tahoe, where he was performing, to talk about her career.
“I didn’t have the…confidence in myself to become an actress but I really wanted it,”she said. “I really wanted a career in acting.”
After a little bit of haggling—he wanted to pay to fly economy and she wanted first class—she agreed to go. CLICK FOR MORE