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Janice Dickinson testifies against Bill Cosby in retrial

14 Avril 2018

Her contact with Cosby continued, she said, because it was part of her Temple job and consisted mainly of giving him sports scores during the March Madness college basketball tournament. "They'll relax you, take the edge off, '" Constand said.

Cosby says Constand consented to their sexual encounter.

The other women's harrowing, sometimes tearful stories could help.

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.

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

First trial: "I felt really humiliated".

Dickinson had a Polaroid camera with her, she said, and snapped photos of Cosby in the room wearing a colorful robe and talking on the telephone.

She testified that when he finished his call, he climbed on top of her. She said she lost consciousness and doesn't remember anything else about that night in 1989 until she woke up two days later. Prosecutors in his retrial were allowed to seek testimony from as many as five other women who claim Cosby also drugged and assaulted them. Though Constand had testified against Cosby in 2017, she will have to testify again in the ongoing retrial, as the first trial had been declared a mistrial when the jury couldn't reach a verdict. "It is a he said, she said, but what I think they're hoping in the current climate, you'll be prejudiced".

The first of the women to testify, Heidi Thomas, told jurors Tuesday that Cosby knocked her out with wine and forced her to perform oral sex in Reno, Nev., in 1984. I was just in shock. The next thing she remembers is coming to, feeling Cosby behind her, and his fingers inside her vagina. "I trusted him because he's a figure people trusted for many years, including myself". The defence plans to call Jackson as a witness and says she will testify that Constand mused about framing a celebrity before she lodged sexual abuse allegations against Cosby in 2005. Mesereau reportedly referenced a section of Dickinson's ghost-written book that alleged that Dickinson had rebuffed Cosby's advances in Lake Tahoe before "popping two Quaaludes and going to sleep" alone. "I will tell you yes, it was poetic license, so I could earn a paycheck to feed my children". I couldn't move, I was motionless ... wondering what the heck is he doing ...

Mesereau then accused her of misleading Sylvester Stallone by telling him she was pregnant with his child while the couple dated, before trying to paint her as a serial user of cocaine and pills. His attorneys have portrayed Constand being being a gold-digging con performer.

Ms Dickinson said she did not go to police because she thought it would destroy her career.

She said her legs "felt very rubbery" as Cosby walked her to a sofa and put a pillow under her head.

Constand also gave Cosby's phone number to her mother, she testified.

Mesereau questioned her representation from lawyer Gloria Allred for media appearances.

After some back and forth about whether there was time to pursue certain lines of questioning, the parties made a decision to go home a little early instead.

Dickinson's account of that evening in Lake Tahoe came under withering attack by Mesereau, who hammered the former model with details from her memoir, which mentions slamming a door on Cosby, but does not include references to the alleged drugging and sexual assault.

Eventually, she was so incapacitated that she "couldn't get the words out I wanted to say", Dickinson testified. She said he smelled of cigars and espresso as he got on top of her in his Lake Tahoe, Nevada, hotel room.

Cosby then allegedly told her: "We'll continue this conversation upstairs".

Mesereau read passage after passage from the supermodel's books "No Lifeguard On Duty", "Everything About Me Is Fake and I'm Perfect" and "Check Please: Dating, Mating, and Extricating", which detailed extensive drug use and a wild lifestyle that played out in 1970s New York City.

Bill Cosby accuser Lise-Lotte Lublin (C) walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during a break from testifying on the fourth day of the sexual assault retrial on April 12, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

On cross-examination, Cosby's defense attorneys have worked to point out inconsistencies in their stories.

Janice Dickinson testifies against Bill Cosby in retrial