NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (REUTERS) – Former supermodel Janice Dickinson testified on Thursday (April 12) that Bill Cosby drugged and raped her at a Lake Tahoe home in 1982, a narrative much like these of different alleged victims known as as witnesses within the comic’s sexual assault retrial.
“I wanted to hit him, wanted to punch him in the face,” mentioned Dickinson, a extremely profitable mannequin within the 1970s and 1980s. “I felt anger, was humiliated, disgusted, ashamed.”
Cosby, who performed the loveable patriarch and “America’s Dad” on The Cosby Show, is on trial in Pennsylvania for a second time on accusations of drugging and sexually assaulting former good friend and colleague Andrea Constand, 45, in 2004.
In all some 50 ladies have accused Cosby of molestation going again a long time. All however Constand’s case have been too previous to be prosecuted, and Cosby’s first trial led to a mistrial final June resulting from a deadlocked jury.
Cosby is accused of giving tablets to varsity administrator Constand and assaulting her at his home close to Philadelphia.
Cosby has denied the cost of aggravated indecent assault of Constand, saying any sexual contact was consensual. His attorneys have portrayed Constand as a gold-digging con artist.
Dickinson is the fourth of 5 accusers permitted by Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill to inform their tales to the jury within the suburban Philadelphia courtroom.
Describing a situation much like three earlier accusers, Dickinson mentioned Cosby contacted her and provided profession assist.
He flew her to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, the place she met Cosby and his musical director for dinner and complained of menstrual cramps.
“I have something for that,” Cosby mentioned, in response to her testimony.
She testified that he gave her somewhat blue tablet, which she swallowed. Cosby then took her again to his room, the place Dickinson, 27 on the time, shot a number of photos of him together with her Polaroid digicam that have been projected in court docket.
“I was really light-headed,” she mentioned. “When I spoke, it didn’t sound like words were coming out. We weren’t discussing my career. He was on the phone.”
She testified that when he completed his name, he climbed on high of her.
“I remember his breath, the taste of his kiss, cigars and espresso. Here was ‘America’s Dad’ on top of me, a happily married man with five kids, and how very, very wrong it was,” Dickinson mentioned.
She found semen between her legs the following day, she mentioned. Confronting Cosby later that day, she demanded to know why he did it. His response was silence and a facial features that conveyed, “You’re crazy,” she testified.
Dickinson mentioned she didn’t report the assault to police out of concern it could destroy her profession. She mentioned she had lengthy struggled to make it as a mannequin and at last had premiere shoppers akin to cosmetics titan Revlon “who would not have appreciated it if I had been raped and gone to the police.”
Defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau started his cross-examination by specializing in a ebook ostensibly authored by Dickinson however really ghost-written by Pablo Fenjves, who additionally penned OJ Simpson’s ebook, If I Did It.
Dickinson mentioned she needed the ebook’s sections about her rape to be full and sincere and gave that data to Fenjves however its use was overruled by writer Judith Regan.