At Bill Cosby’s retrial for sexual assault on Thursday and Friday, six of his accusers testified before the court that a man they had once trusted and respected had repaid the faith they put in him by drugging them and then raping them. Speaking ahead of chief accuser Andrea Constand, who has charged Cosby with drugging and molesting her at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004, five other women who alleged similar mistreatment shared the sense of violating and humiliation they felt after suffering assault at the hands of a man once-known as “America’s Dad.”
Some of the most compelling testimony came from Janice Dickinson, who had finally managed to launch a career as a successful model when Cosby offered to mentor her as an actress. The opportunity, she recalled, felt like a dream come true. Cosby invited her to come see him in Lake Tahoe, where he was performing, so that they could discuss her career. When she arrived, she had a singing session with Stu Gardner, who wrote and produced music for The Cosby Show. After the lesson finished, she, Gardner and Cosby then had dinner in the hotel restaurant.
“I drank some red wine,” she told the court. “I started to get menstrual cramps. I put my hand on my stomach and mentioned that … and Cosby said, ‘I have something for that’ and I was given a blue pill.”
After they finished dinner, Gardner left and Dickinson began feeling dizzy. Cosby offered to take her to his room, and by the time he had seated her on the bed she found herself barely conscious and unable to speak. Cosby then proceeded to assault her, she told the jury.
“He smelled like cigars and espresso and his body odor,” she said. “I couldn’t move. I felt like I was rendered motionless. Just immobile. I was thinking, ‘What the fuck?’ Sorry. ‘What the heck is he doing?’ I was just in shock. I didn’t consent to this. I hadn’t said ‘Yes.’”
On Friday, Constand took the witness stand, The Associated Press reported, and told jurors of the 2004 incident at his home in which she said Cosby forced her hand onto his penis, and touched her breast and then penetrated her with his fingers after having incapacitated her with three blue pills.
“I was weak. I was limp, and I just could not fight him off,” Constand testified, according to the AP. After the incident, Constand told the jury, “I was really humiliated. I was in shock. And I was really confused.”
Cosby has maintained that he gave Constand Benadryl that night and that she consented to sex. His lawyers have suggested that Constand targeted Cosby in a bid to force him to pay her in a civil settlement.
When a prosecutor asked Constand why she was in court on Friday testifying, her reply was, “For justice.”
Watch video coverage of Constand’s testimony below.