The prosecution presented a parade of Bill Cosby accusers through the witness stand Wednesday in the third day of the comedian’s sexual-assault retrial. Two more, former model and reality TV Janice Dickinson and Lise-Lotte Lublin, are expected to give testimony before the week is out.
The jury has already heard from the first three: Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha and Janice Baker-Kinney. They each shared their run-ins with Cosby from the 1980s, all involving the comedian giving them drugs that rendered them either unconscious or unable to move while the comedian molested or raped them.
Dickinson, a reality TV host and a former model who claims to have invented the term “supermodel,” is one of Cosby’s angriest accusers among the five-dozen women who have come forward since October 2014. She attacked him out in profane terms in a December 2014 TV interview, called him a “tacky rapist,” weeping and shouting.
Dickinson says Cosby, whom she considered a mentor, knocked her out with a pill when she complained of stomach pain and then raped her in a hotel in Lake Tahoe in 1982. She says she wrote about it in her 2002 autobiography but the publisher made her take it out.
When she came forward to join other Cosby accusers, she said she wanted an apology from Cosby; she has since sued him for defamation, a civil case that is pending in California.
Five of the six accusers offering testimony at either Cosby’s first or second trial are represented by either women’s-rights attorney Gloria Allred or her daughter Lisa Bloom.
In court Wednesday, Thomas denied the defense’s theory that she wanted attention or money, saying simply that she wanted to “see a serial rapist convicted.”
Lasha tearfully confronted Cosby during her turn on the stand, asking him, “You remember me, don’t you, Mr. Cosby,” an outburst that caused the defense to demand – but not be granted – a mistrial. However, Judge Steven O’Neill did allow the defense to tell the jury that she’d once pled guilty to giving a false report to the police.
Baker-Kinney has been unflappable under cross-examination, freely admitting her past experimentation with LSD and battle with alcoholism. She even called out Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau for rolling his eyes at her and chided the veteran defense attorney after she said he attempted to twist what she said about being assaulted.
“It still takes me everything within my being to say the words, ‘I was raped,'” she testified.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt described Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele’s case so far as “prosecution by distraction,” calling the women the “supporting cast” for chief accuser Andrea Constand, who says he drugged and molested her at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. Each count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Baker-Kinney will return to the stand Thursday morning for cross-examination.
Judge O’Neill allowed only one other accuser, Kelly Johnson, to testify in Cosby’s first trial last year, and her testimony was partially undermined by her imprecision about when her alleged encounter with Cosby happened. She is not testifying at the retrial.
The first trial ended in a mistrial after jurors failed to agree on a verdict following five days of deliberations.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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