Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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Janice Dickinson Takes on Cosby at Assault Retrial

Janice Dickinson Takes on Cosby at Assault Retrial

Model Janice Dickinson, now a grandmother and the most famous accuser to take the stand in Norristown, a Philadelphia suburb, was 27 years old when she says Cosby raped her.

She said trusted Cosby enough to take two pills from him (she remembered he was "doing pudding commercials or whatever" at the time) and that, not long after swallowing the drugs, she fell face-first into a backgammon table.

Cosby offered her what appeared to be pain medication but Dickinson said she later became light-headed at which point Cosby "got on top of her".

"It pisses me off that that's something I'm carrying forever", she said.

Mesereau challenged Dickinson's court testimony, noting that in her 2002 biography No Lifeguard on Duty the Lake Tahoe story ended without any suggestion of misbehaviour on Cosby's part.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and the other women have done. He says it was consensual. "How very wrong it was", Dickinson said.

"Cosby said, "I have something for that".' And I was given a blue pill - a little round blue pill.'"

Dickinson is one of the five other accusers of Cosby to testify against his retrial.

"I fly only first-class", she remembered saying. But when Dickinson consumed the pill, she felt drowsy and was not able to move. Dickinson said she went along with what was written in the book because she needed the money.

Dickinson told the court her publisher was aware of the sexual assault but they had recommended she remove it to avoid potential litigation.

The lighthearted exchange came after Dickinson endured a grueling cross examination by defense attorney Tom Mesereau, where she continually claimed "poetic license" as she was confronted with the tawdry content of her memoirs - and denied years of drug use. Glossing over the heart of her testimony, however, could present a problem for the prosecution in the second trial for Cosby. The former women's basketball administrator at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, alleges he gave her pills and molested her.

Wyatt on Thursday derided the five additional accusers who testified as "distractors" and "advocates for the prosecution and Andrea Constand".

And Dickinson, the only person in the courtroom whose fame might rival Cosby's, dismissed Mesereau's accusation that she was "looking for publicity" from the trial.

Constand spent about three hours on the witness stand before Cosby's lawyer got a chance to question her.

Cosby walked into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse on Thursday morning.

"Well, I wanted to hit him; I wanted to punch him in the face". They all refer to the other Cosby accusers as courageous, many citing the reports of other women-and the desire to support those women-as their inspiration for speaking out.

The defence has called the other accusers irrelevant, urging jurors to focus only on the charges that Cosby is facing.

The charged rhetoric has irritated Cosby's lawyers, who have lost two bids for a mistrial.

Cosby says Constand consented to their sexual encounter.

Dickinson testified that Cosby didn't say anything to her about what had happened the next day.

One woman testifying on Wednesday pointedly called Cosby a "serial rapist", while another choked back tears as she asked him, "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?" "Here was 'America's Dad, ' on top of me".

Constand said she chose to go to police in January 2005, about a year after the encounter, jarred to action by a nightmare and an increasing awareness of consent issues from her ongoing massage therapy training.

"It rings a bell but I don't know what it is", Constand said. The photos - a key piece of evidence to buttress her claims of spending time with Cosby - were displayed for the jury, which got to see the entertainer dressed in a multicolored checked robe and brown cap.

She vaguely remembers walking down a hallway of a hotel suite, she said. "I wanted the paycheck from the book".

As for Allred and the attention she invites, Lasha and Baker-Kinney both said they had neither paid nor been paid by her. Baker-Kinney said she had "no clue" about the $100 million fund; Lasha, asked about whether she was filmed for the new Netflix documentary Seeing Allred, replied, "I don't even have Netflix".

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