Invoice Cosby confronted accusers in courtroom Thursday, together with supermodel Janice Dickinson, who instructed the jury she was raped by the comic after he gave her a tablet she stated he claimed would assist with menstrual cramps.
Dickinson, 63, the fourth accuser to take the witness stand at Cosby’s intercourse assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia, instructed jurors she was “rendered immobile” by the tablet he gave her. The supermodel stated Cosby obtained on prime of her in his Lake Taho, Calif., lodge room. She stated she was 27 years outdated on the time and felt vaginal ache afterwards. When she wakened the subsequent morning she stated she observed semen between her legs.
Prosecutors are calling Dickinson and different accusers to the witness stand to point out the 80-year-old comic has a historical past of drugging and molesting ladies.
Dickinson is one in all 5 extra accusers whom prosecutors are calling to the stand to point out Cosby had a historical past of drugging and molesting ladies lengthy earlier than he was charged with violating Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia dwelling in 2004.
One other accuser, Janice Baker-Kinney, returned to the witness stand after punctuating the primary two hours of her testimony with a agency declaration: “I used to be raped.”
Baker-Kinney was a 24-year-old on line casino bartender in Reno when she says Cosby gave her tablets she suspected to be quaaludes and had intercourse along with her in 1982.
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Throughout cross-examination, Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau advised that Baker-Kinney was motivated to distort the information of a enjoyable night when she heard a couple of attainable $100 million windfall from Cosby.
She got here ahead in April 2015, a number of months after lawyer Gloria Allred proposed that Cosby put aside a bit of his fortune to compensate accusers. Cosby by no means agreed to that.
Baker-Kinney instructed the jury she was motivated by a want to assist different accusers, and that she’s solely relied on Allred as a media adviser and level of contact “to ensure I did not get tripped up.” She stated she’s by no means paid Allred, hasn’t been paid by the lawyer and hasn’t been concerned litigation towards Cosby.
Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his dwelling in 2004. He says it was consensual. His first trial led to a hung jury.
The protection has dismissed the opposite ladies’s testimonies as “prosecution by distraction.”
“These ladies proved that they have been right here to again up their sister — they obtained their sister’s again,” Cosby spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, stated exterior courtroom Thursday.
Throughout cross-examination, the protection sought to level out inconsistencies in how Baker-Kinney has described the encounter over time. Prosecutors rebutted that by calling Baker-Kinney’s greatest buddy to the stand. Mary Chokran testified that once they talked in regards to the alleged assault every week after it occurred, Baker-Kinney was “very distraught” and “dissatisfied in herself.”
“She thought she had taken some mood-enhancing drug, a celebration drug, not something that would go away her unconscious the way in which she discovered herself,” Chokran instructed the jury. “She was violated. She blamed herself for taking the tablet. I stated that did not invite him to rape her.”
Now properly into center age, Baker-Kinney and the opposite two accusers who’ve testified thus far spoke of coming into Cosby’s orbit as starstruck younger ladies searching for profession assist or, in Baker-Kinney’s case, merely on the lookout for a great time.
Lise-Lotte Lublin instructed jurors she misplaced consciousness and would not keep in mind the rest about that evening in 1989 — a time when Cosby was on the peak of his fame starring as sweater-wearing father-of-five Dr. Cliff Huxtable on America’s top-rated TV present, “The Cosby Present.”
All of them testified they wound up unconscious from the tablets or alcohol Cosby gave them, unable to say no or resist as he had his means with them.
Chelan Lasha, sobbing uncontrollably as she testified Wednesday, instructed jurors that she obtained to know Cosby by means of a household connection as a 17-year-old aspiring mannequin and actress in 1986.
Lasha stated Cosby gave her a bit of blue tablet he described as an antihistamine to assist her recover from a chilly, together with two pictures of amaretto “to assist break up the cough.”
The mixture immobilized her and rendered her unable to talk. Cosby then assaulted her, touching her breast and rubbing himself towards her leg, Lasha stated.
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Requested what was going by means of her thoughts, Lasha testified: “Dr. Huxtable would not do that. Why are you doing this to me? You are supposed to assist me achieve success.”
Turning to Cosby, she stated: “You keep in mind, do not you, Mr. Cosby?”
Cosby, who portrayed kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on his hit TV comedy “The Cosby Present,” turned away and smiled barely.
A 3rd accuser, Heidi Thomas, instructed jurors on Wednesday: “I need to see a serial rapist convicted.”
The charged rhetoric irritated Cosby’s attorneys, who misplaced three bids for a mistrial, as prosecutors constructed a case that the person as soon as revered as “America’s Dad” was one in all Hollywood’s largest predators lengthy earlier than he met Constand, the chief accuser in his retrial.
The previous ladies’s basketball administrator at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple College, alleges he gave her tablets and molested her.
The Related Press contributed to this report.