Janice Dickinson tells jury Cosby raped her

Alicia Farmer
April 12, 2018

The defense in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial is expected to use its opening statement to portray a hefty settlement paid to the woman he's charged with sexually assaulting as evidence of her greed.

Janice Baker-Kinney was a 24-year-old bartender in 1982, when she says Cosby gave her two pills that made her lose consciousness. And she'll tell you she remembers waking up on this sofa with her clothes disheveled at 4 o'clock in the morning.

At the time of her alleged assault in 1984, Thomas said she was an aspiring actress whose agent flew her out to Reno on an all-expenses paid trip after Cosby offered to mentor her.

"She's unconscious. She's out of it", Steele said.

The former women's basketball administrator at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, alleges he gave her pills and molested her. Prosecutors have lined up a parade of five additional accusers to make the case that the entertainer once revered as "America's Dad" lived a double life as one of Hollywood's biggest predators. The defence will nearly certainly attack her credibility with questions about why she maintained contact with Cosby after the encounter and why she took a year to come forward to police, both issues Cosby's lawyers raised in the first trial. Prosecutors have been authorized by the court to call as many as five additional accusers to establish a pattern of behavior.

Dickinson, the former model and TV personality who has called herself the "world's first supermodel", became one of the first women to go public with her allegations against Cosby when she told her story on "Entertainment Tonight" in 2014. He then had her talk to someone who was there to help her relax.

Lasha then turned to Cosby and made the comment, "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?".

The start of Cosby's retrial was delayed for several hours Monday as the judge reviewed a motion brought by Cosby's lawyers to dismiss a juror.

He says the encounter with Ms Constand was consensual.

"You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?" she asked him directly. The jury that time was not permitted to hear about the settlement, nor was Jackson allowed to take the stand.

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Cosby lawyer Jaya Gupta argued that Lasha's 2007 guilty plea for making a false report to Arizona law enforcement "bears on her veracity". She came forward in April 2015, a few months after lawyer Gloria Allred proposed that Cosby set aside a chunk of his fortune to compensate accusers.

The actress, from New Jersey, had the names of over 50 of Cosby's accusers written on her body when she charged, along with the phrase "Women's Lives Matter" written in red.

"I want to see a serial rapist convicted", Heidi Thomas, a Colorado music teacher and mother of four, said on the stand Wednesday. They included inconsistencies in statements to police; at least 100 phone calls between her and Cosby after the assault was alleged to have occurred, most placed by Constand; and a fraudulent pyramid scheme Constand allegedly operated while at Temple. Thomas admitted she sent the message and wanted to help Constand.

On cross-examination, she rejected the defense suggestion that she wanted the spotlight or to profit from her experiences.

A woman who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her lashed out at the comedian in a Pennsylvania court on Wednesday in an apparent attempt get him to acknowledge what she claims he allegedly did to her in a Las Vegas hotel room more than 30 years ago.

Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan argued the defense will get a chance to test Lasha's credibility when she's cross-examined.

After questioning all 12 jurors and six alternates behind closed doors, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled the juror could stay, saying all the panelists told him they stuck to their pledge to remain fair and impartial.

The defense will deliver its opening statement on Tuesday in a trial expected to last a month. She was a member of a European feminist group known for staging topless protests and appeared as a child on "The Cosby Show".

Thomas's testimony of being seemingly drugged - a sole sip of alcohol that left her fuzzy, "feeling so, so sick" and unable to respond - was striking for its similarities with Constand's allegations.

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault retrial began trying to counter defense attorney Tom Mesereau's depiction of accuser Andrea Constand as a con artist by calling other accusers to the stand to testify that the comedian drugged and attacked them decades before his 2004 encounter with Constand.

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