Model says Cosby raped her in 1982

Published on Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:47
Written by The Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Model Janice Dickinson told a jury Thursday that Bill Cosby raped her in 1982 after giving her a pill he claimed would ease her menstrual cramps but instead left her immobilized.

Dickinson, the fourth accuser to take the witness stand at Cosby’s sex assault retrial, told jurors she was “rendered motionless” by the pill as Cosby got on top of her in his Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room.

“Here’s a married man, father of five kids, on top of me,” Dickinson testified. “I was thinking how wrong it was. How very wrong it was.”

Dickinson, 27 at the time, testified she felt vaginal pain and, after waking up the next morning, noticed semen between her legs. She said Cosby looked at her “like I was crazy” when she confronted him about what had happened.

“I wanted to hit him. I wanted to punch him in the face,” she said.

Dickinson, the former model and TV personality who has called herself the “world’s first supermodel,” became one of the first women to go public with her allegations against Cosby when she told her story on “Entertainment Tonight” in 2014.

She said she wrote about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove details.

During cross examination, a defense attorney seized on inconsistencies in Dickinson’s testimony and what she wrote in the book. Dickinson said she went along with what was written in the book because she needed the money.

She is one of five additional accusers whom prosecutors are calling to the stand to show Cosby had a history of drugging and molesting women.

The 80-year-old comedian is charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. He says it was consensual. His first trial ended in a hung jury.

The defense has dismissed the other women’s testimony as “prosecution by distraction.”

“These women proved that they were here to back up their sister - they got their sister’s back,” Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said outside court Thursday.



Posted in The Bristol Press, on Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:47. Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:49.