Supermodel Janice Dickinson Is Set To Testify Against Bill Cosby
Comedian Bill Cosby is set to appear in court on April 2nd for a re-trial. He was previously accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Pennsylvania home in 2004. However, jurors declared a mistrial on June 17, 2017 after failing to reach a verdict. Cosby was released on bail after paying $1 million.
More than 60 women have come out over the years to accuse the now 80-year-old actor of sexual assault. In the case of Constand, Cosby was accused of drugging her first with “three blue pills” that caused disorientation before he proceeded to assault.
More women take the stand
Judge Steven O’Neill has assented to allow five more women come forward to testify against Cosby at the retrial. Reports say that the women have allegations dating as far back as the 1980’s.
On the list of women to climb the stand is model Janice Dickenson. In 2014, Dickinson claimed that Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982. She was 27 at the time. Cosby also denied the accusations. Additional pressure was mounted on the model by Cosby’s legal team to remove mention of the incident from her autobiography.
Now, Dickinson is seizing the opportunity to state her claims in the hope that the justice system will prevail. She has also won an appeal in California appeals court to file a defamation suit against Cosby after his lawyers accused her of fabricating the assault story she told.
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Lisa Bonet says Cosby made her uncomfortable
Lisa Bonet who played Cosby’s on-screen daughter on The Cosby Show and A Different World says she always felt uncomfortable around him. “There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed,” she said.
Bonet did not make any direct comment about the allegations against Cosby. Furthermore, it is expected that the #MeToo movement, which has been sweeping across America, may greatly influence the Cosby trial.