Washington: Model Janice Dickinson will testify at the upcoming retrial of American comedian Bill Cosby, which is scheduled to open in April in Pennsylvania state court.
Dickinson is one of as many as five “prior bad acts” witnesses, who the prosecutors are considering to use to establish that Cosby’s actions related to Constand were part of a pattern and were not a one-time mistake, CNN reported.
Dickinson claims she was drugged and raped by Cosby in Lake Tahoe in 1982 when she was 27. She alleged that he gave her a pill and a glass of red wine shortly before she passed out.
The 80-year-old Cosby, once branded as “America’s Dad”, faces a retrial on three charges of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his home outside Philadelphia, the report said.
More than 60 women have accused him of sexual misconduct. However, only one accuser – Andrea Constand – has brought a criminal case against Cosby.
The disgraced comedian first went to trial last year, and the case ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to deliver a verdict.
“It sickens me, but I have to be strong, for our daughters, our sisters, our mothers, our aunts, our cousins. I have to be strong for women,” she added. “I have to do this. It’s the right thing to do,” Dickinson said.
Cosby and his lawyers have maintained his innocence throughout the process. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.(ANI)