Janice Dickinson at Cosby Trial: 'Here Was 'America's Dad' on Top of Me'

Model testifies before Andrea Constand takes the stand Friday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 12, 2018 7:30 PM CDT
Janice Dickinson at Cosby Trial: 'Here Was 'America's Dad' on Top of Me'
Bill Cosby, center, arrives for his sexual assault trial, Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The day before Bill Cosby's chief accuser was to take the witness stand at his sexual assault retrial, a former model and TV personality on Thursday gave jurors her own harrowing account of being drugged and raped by the comedy star in 1982, the AP reports. Janice Dickinson, one of five other accusers who testified against Cosby, told jurors that the comedian gave her a pill he claimed would ease her menstrual cramps but instead left her immobilized and unable to stop an assault she called "gross." "I didn't consent to this. Here was 'America's Dad,' on top of me. A married man, father of five kids, on top of me," Dickinson said. "I was thinking how wrong it was. How very wrong it was." She was 27 at the time, and said there was semen between her legs when she woke up the next morning—but Cosby looked at her "like I was crazy" when she confronted him about what had happened.

Dickinson, the only celebrity accuser to testify against Cosby, parried with defense attorneys who seized on discrepancies between her testimony Thursday and what she wrote about their encounter in her 2002 autobiography. She told jurors she wanted to include details about the assault, but wound up telling a highly sanitized version in which there was no sex at all, let alone a rape, because her publisher told her the legal department would never let the allegations against Cosby make it to print. Dickinson said she went along because she needed the money—and feared Cosby would ruin her career. Her testimony helped prosecutors tee up a climactic courtroom appearance by Andrea Constand, the former Temple University women's basketball administrator whom Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. Constand was expected to testify Friday—the second time she will face a jury after Cosby's first trial ended without a verdict. (More Bill Cosby stories.)

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