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Bill Cosby’s attorney has denied allegations made by former model Janice Dickinson suggesting he sexually abused her in the 1980s.

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson alleged Cosby raped her while she slept following a dinner meeting in California in 1982.

The former model wrote about the incident in the first draft of her 2002 autobiography but claims Cosby’s lawyers pressured publishers at HarperCollins to remove the details.

Cosby’s lawyer John P. Schmitt had previously said they would not “dignify these allegations with any comment”, but his attorney Marty Singer has now issued a statement denying Dickinson’s allegations.

Singer writes,

“Janice Dickinson’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a complete lie. She did an interview with the New York Observer in September 2002 entitled Interview with the Vamp completely contradicting her story. She claimed that because ‘she didn’t want to sleep with him (Cosby), he blew her off.’

“You can confirm with Harper Collins that she never claimed that 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.

“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… There is documentary proof that Janice Dickinson is fabricating and lying about Bill Cosby.”

The ex-model is the third woman to come forward with a sexual assault allegation against Cosby after comedian Hannibal Buress called him a “rapist” during a show in October.

Cosby has faced multiple accusations of sexual assault in the past and settled a lawsuit in 2006. He has never been charged over the allegations.

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