Raven-Symone, the former The Cosby Show actor who first appeared on the hit series at the age of three, has denied rumours that she was raped by the comedian.
“I was NOT taken advantage of by Mr Cosby when I was on The Cosby Show! I was practically a baby on that show and this is truly a disgusting rumour that I want no part of!
“Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!” she wrote on Instagram with a picture of her as a young child on the show.
Raven-Symone’s comments follow an article by Hip Hop Hangover, which alleged the actress had “revealed to TMZ offices that she too had been raped and drugged years ago following the shows last episode [sic]”. The show ended in 1992, when the actress would have been around the age of six.
The website itself claims to be “a gossip parody and a satirical publication,” however the article itself has been shared on social media over 154,000 times, prompting Raven-Symone to make a statement about the rumours.
On Tuesday, former supermodel Janice Dickinson became the latest person to allege Mr Cosby assaulted her. She claimed that in 1982, the actor and comedian invited her visit him at a hotel in Lake Tahoe, California, where he was performing a stand-up show, and drugged and raped her. In a TV interview the supermodel alleged that Mr Cosby gave her a glass of wine and a pill she believed was to relieve her cramps. She said the last thing she remembered was Mr Cosby taking of his robe and climbing on top of her, before she woke up the next morning “with my pyjamas off and there was semen in between my legs”.
Mr Cosby’s lawyers have called the claims “false and outlandish” and "a complete lie".
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
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Winner of his first Emmy for 'I Spy' is Bill Cosby being congratulated by his wife Camille held at Americana Hotel, 1966
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Bill Cosby in 'I Spy', 1960s
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Bill Cosby in July 1973 in Perth
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Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor in 'California Suite', 1978
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Bill Cosby and Elmo in Sesame Street, 1989
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Bill Cosby poses for a picture with Florence Griffith-Joyner in June 1989
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Comedian Bill Cosby back in 1992
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A scene from a 1992 episode of 'The Cosby Show'
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US Monica Seles breaks into laughter as she jokes with comedian Bill Cosby during a celebrity match in the stadium at the US Open for the Arthur Ashe AIDS Challenge on 27 August 1995
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Bill Cosby meets Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star Joe Carter after the Stars played the Stripes in the Celebrity All-Star game which preceded workouts for the 67th All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium on 8 July 1996 in Philadephia
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Co-hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby joke with each other during the opening of the 2000 Essence Awards 14 April 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
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Bill Cosby jokes with baseball great Hank Aaron after they both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award from U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony on 9 July 2002 at the White House in Washington
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Bill Cosby poses backstage after winning the 'Bob Hope Humanitarian Award' during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on 21 September 2003 in Los Angeles
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'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno and comedian Bill Cosby laugh during a surprise visit by Cosby to sign a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Leno is using to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at NBC studios on 9 September 2005 in Burbank, California
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Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios on 14 October 2007 in Washington
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Bill Cosby at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on 26 October 2009 in Washington
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Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York on 6 April 2011
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Bill Cosby during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund, 2012
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Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on 11 November 2013 in Washington
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Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on 26 September 2014 in Las Vegas
Ms Dickinson’s claims are the latest in a string of accusations of sexual assault against Mr Cosby in recent weeks, all of which he has strongly and consistently denied. At the weekend the actor's lawyers said that he will not be commenting on the "decade-old discredited".
"The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true," they said.
US network CBS announced on Wednesday it has axed a project with Mr Cosby that was in development, and Netflix has revealed it has “postponed” its Cosby special it had lined up for after Thanksgiving.Reuse content