Bill Cosby trial: Former model Janice Dickinson tells jury Cosby raped her
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Reality TV star and former supermodel Janice Dickinson testified in court Thursday that she confronted Bill Cosby and wanted to punch him in the face after she said he drugged her and raped her in a hotel in Lake Tahoe in 1982.
“Do you want to explain what happened last night, because that wasn’t cool,” she told him, according to her testimony.
“I wanted to hit him, I wanted to punch him in the face,” she said. “I can remember feeling anger, disgust, and ashamed.”
Dickinson is the fourth “prior bad acts” witness to testify in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, court against Cosby, 80, in his trial on three charges of aggravated indecent assault.
The criminal charges deal solely with Cosby’s actions toward Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who says Cosby drugged and then assaulted her at his home in January 2004.
She is scheduled to begin her testimony Friday morning.
However, prosecutors are allowed to seek testimony from up to five other women who have said Cosby also drugged and assaulted them in previous incidents. The prosecution argues that these “prior bad acts” witnesses show that Cosby’s behavior shows a pattern of misconduct and he did not make a one-time mistake in his actions toward Constand.
Cosby has said the sex with Constand was consensual.
‘I couldn’t move’
Dickinson, now 63, was a supermodel in 1982 and said Cosby flew her out to Lake Tahoe, a resort area on the California-Nevada border, to meet her.
At dinner with him and another man, she mentioned she had menstrual cramps, she testified. Cosby said he had something for that and she said she was given a blue pill.
They went to a room, and she began to feel lightheaded and couldn’t get the right words out, she testified. Cosby then got on top her, she testified.
“He smelled like cigars and espresso and his body odor,” she said. “I couldn’t move, I felt like I was rendered motionless.”
“Here was America’s dad on top of me, happily married man with five children and how very wrong it was,” she said.
She recalled feeling vaginal pain.
“I passed out after he entered me. It was gross,” she testified.
When she woke up, she was sore and remembers her pajamas were halfway off, she testified. That’s when she confronted him.
During a spirited cross-examination, Cosby’s defense attorney Tom Mesereau asked why a passage in Dickinson’s 2002 book about the Lake Tahoe visit does not say she and Cosby had sex.
“I wasn’t under oath when I wrote that book,” she testified.
Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha and Janice Baker-Kinney have each testified over the past few days that Cosby incapacitated them with drugs or wine and then assaulted them in separate incidents in 1984, 1986 and 1982, respectively.
On cross-examination, Cosby’s defense attorneys have worked to point out inconsistencies in their stories. In opening statements, Mesereau called the prosecution’s strategy with these witnesses “prosecution by distraction” because they did not have enough evidence in Constand’s case.
“When you don’t have a case, you have to fill the time with something else,” Mesereau said. “Remember my words as you listen to the people testify.”
Woman says she felt dizzy after Cosby gave her drink
The fifth and final prior accuser to testify, Lise-Lotte Lublin, said she remembered being in Cosby’s room and blacking out, but does not remember a sexual assault.
She was 23 in 1989 when her modeling agency arranged for her to meet “The Cosby Show” star. She said Cosby spent time with her family and introduced her as his daughter to others.
“I felt like he was representing himself as a father figure and a mentor to me,” she said.
She said Cosby offered her a drink at another meeting in Las Vegas, one about acting. She said she told him she didn’t drink but he said that it would relax her.
“I kind of trusted him because he’s America’s dad,” she said.
She testified she began to feel dizzy within minutes, and he asked her to come sit with him. She sat in front of him between his legs and he began to touch her hair, she recalled.
She vaguely remembers walking down a hallway of a hotel suite, she said. She remembers nothing from then until she woke up at home in her bed, she told the court.
Years later, in January 2015, after hearing accounts from other women, she said she realized “something else had happened after I blacked out. I don’t know what it was, but I believe I know what it was.”
Defense attorney Kathleen Bliss asked her about testimony and prior statements, in an apparent attempt to point out inconsistencies about her comments about sitting between Cosby’s legs.
Bliss also targeted Lublin’s memory.
“You have absolutely no idea if you were sexually assaulted,” Bliss said.
“I don’t know what happened after I blacked out,” Lublin replied.