Model Janice Dickinson has given testimony against Bill Cosby, who she accuses of sexually assaulting her in 1982.
Cosby is currently standing on retrial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University women’s basketball official, the National Post reports.
The Post describes Dickinson as the “best known” of the 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault – and she’s also one of five accusers who has been called as witness by the prosecution in the retrial.
Dickinson says the assault happened when she was 27 and trying to break into acting. Cosby, 45 at the time, offered to fly her to Lake Tahoe, where he was working.
When Dickinson arrived at her destination, Cosby gave her a “blue pill”, which he said would help with her menstrual cramps.
“I was rendered motionless. I was thinking ‘what the heck is he doing?’,” she said, saying that she woke up to realise that “America’s dad [was] on top of me”.
“He was gross,” she said. After she passed out, she “felt pain between her legs…when she awoke her buttocks ached”.
She also said that the next day she “tried to confront Cosby” – but decided not to report the incident because her “conservative clients”, which included Vogue, Revlon and Maybelline – “would not appreciate that I’d been raped”.
In June last year, Cosby announced that he would be “educating people about sexual assault” – teaching “young athletes and married men how to avoid accusations when they are doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing”.
Cosby is currently standing on retrial after the jury at his last trial failed to reach a verdict.