Janice Dickinson Tells Jury that Bill Cosby Raped Her in 1982

Janice Dickinson Tells Jury that Bill Cosby Raped Her in 1982

"I was thinking, what the heck, what the heck is he doing?"

Reality TV star and former supermodel Janice Dickinson took the stand before a jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday on the fourth day of comedian Bill Cosby's retrial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. She conformed to her publisher because she needed the money, as well as not wanting Cosby ruining her career.

She is one of five previous accusers called as witnesses to bolster the prosecution's case in the intense and frequently dramatic first four days of the retrial. The prosecution claims that these "prior bad acts" witnesses demonstrate a pattern of Cosby's behavior of misconduct. She said he smelled of cigars and espresso as he got on top of her in his Lake Tahoe, Nevada, hotel room.

At dinner with him and another man, she mentioned she had menstrual cramps, she testified. The former director of operations for the basketball team at Temple University claims that she looked up to Cosby as a mentor, only to find herself incapacitated one night at the comedian's home in suburban Philadelphia after taking blue pills he offered.

Mesereau presented excerpts from Dickinson's three books in which she describes scenes in the 1970s and '80s where heavy drug use and promiscuous sex were common, including wild party scenes at the NY discotheque Studio 54.

"It's all a fabrication there", Dickinson said. And I didn't feel insane at that moment standing up for myself saying 'that's not cool.

Here was America's dad on top of me, a happily married man with five children and I remember how wrong it was, how very, very wrong it was...

Before she passed out, she said, she felt pain between her legs, and when she awoke her buttocks ached.

She told the jury that after she was immobilized, Cosby mounted her.

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. When she woke up the next morning, naked with something sticky between her legs, she said, "I apologized to Mr. Cosby, because I was so mortified". "I wanted the pay cheque from the book".

Then he came back - after the drug had time to work completely.

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Lead Cosby defense lawyer Tom Mesereau has said the five other accusers are a diversion - an attempt, he suggested, to tap into the #MeToo movement in an attempt to bias the jury.

"When you don't have a case, you have to fill the time with something else", Mesereau said. She said she had long struggled to make it as a model and finally had premiere clients such as cosmetics titan Revlon Inc "who would not have appreciated it if I had been raped and gone to the police". She went on to pursue other ventures after ending her modeling career.

Wooziness, she said, was overtaking her as she was sitting on the edge of a hotel bed.

"He got on top of me and his robe opened", she said, and he began to have sex with her.

But Lublin now believes she was assaulted and that she never trusted Cosby enough to be alone with him again.

"Who calls somebody in rehab?" she said.

The case has besmirched the legacy of the actor once adored by millions as "America's Dad" for his role as lovable father and obstetrician Cliff Huxtable on the hit 1984-92 television series "The Cosby Show".

Janice Baker-Kinney is expected to return to the witness stand Thursday after punctuating her first two hours of testimony at Cosby's sexual assault retrial with a firm declaration: "I was raped. I did commercial work", she said. I remember feeling anger, disgust, feeling humiliated. "You say in this book you didn't have sex with him at all". I knew the lawyers at HarperCollins weren't going to risk it.

During cross examination, a defense attorney seized on inconsistencies in Dickinson's testimony and what she wrote in the book.

Bliss also targeted Lublin's memory.

The now frail and isolated 80-year-old entertainer could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, 45, at his Philadelphia home in 2004.

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