Bill Cosby’s retrial for sexual assault on Wednesday was full of fireworks, including admissions that he gave drugs to women for sex, allegations that his accuser spoke of a plot to frame him and testimony from a publisher backing up Janice Dickinson’s claim that he raped her.
The 80-year-old is on trial for three counts of sexual assault against Andrea Constand. She is one of several dozen women who claim Cosby drugged and assaulted her, but only her case can be tried in court because of statute of limitations laws. She claims he drugged and assaulted her in 2004. He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex. His first trial ended in a hung jury.
- After hearing testimony from six women that Cosby allegedly drugged and assaulted them, the jury was read portions of a civil deposition in which he admitted to giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. He made the admission in a 2005 statement to police, telling them that they were something “young people were using to party with, and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case.”
- Cosby’s defense called Marguerite Jackson to the stand to testify that Constand discussed framing a “high-profile person” so she could file a civil lawsuit and land a windfall.
- She testified that Constand mentioned the plot while they were rooming together on a road trip to Rhode Island. (They both worked at Temple University and were traveling with the basketball team).
- Jackson said that Constand told her she was a victim of assault at first, but then said she was hoping to fake a story so she could “sue and get that money.”
- Book publisher Judith Regan told jurors that Dickinson told her that Cosby had “drugged and raped” her, but that she’d kept it out of her memoir, No Lifeguard on Duty, for legal reasons. At the time (2002), no other women had publicly accused Cosby of rape, and Regan and her team were concerned about the legal risks involved in making such a serious accusation.
- “I insisted that it not appear in the book,” Regan said. “She was very angry about that.”
- Dickinson was one of five other so-called prior bad-act witnesses who shared their stories of being assaulted by Cosby. His lawyers pointed to her memoir, questioning why her allegations weren’t included in the otherwise no-holds-barred tell-all if they were true.
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