She claims she put the "super" in the word supermodel, and she
still knows how to bring a courtroom to a hushed silence.
Janice Dickinson was less than a minute into her case when her
confession brought the proceedings to a standstill.
"I became an alcoholic because of unresolved issues from my
childhood," said the 53-year-old reality star.
"My dad was a bad guy. He was a pedophile. He used to make my older
sister have sex with him. I held this secret for 16 years."
Dickinson told the story of her addiction in TV's Cristina's Court
where she was sued for defamation by a male model from the Janice
Dickinson Modeling Agency.
Model Brian Kehoe,22, claimed Dickinson had taken perceptions from
her reality show -- that he was an alcoholic -- too far and it was
damaging his name in his industry. Dickinson kicked Kehoe off her show
this season after he suggested another cast member take cocaine to lose
"I said pack your bags and get out of my house," Dickinson
said."The girl was only 18 and you should have seen the look on her
face. My 14-year-old daughter was in the house.
"I know the signs. I became a model in the late 70's and went to
New York City with $14 in my pocket. Behind the scenes in the fashion
industry there are always lines of champagne free champagne, gorgeous
champagne. I grew up with no money so the minute I hit those trays of
champagne I began knocking them down.
"After hours, it was the cocaine and the ecstasy, but I didn't
realize that the problem was developing. i didn't realize I had the
problem until I went into rehab in 1982."
Dickinson said the worst part about her addiction was the
humiliation. "Humiliation of myself, losing clients, lying to people,
lying to myself. I've been to rehab twice. In 1982 for cocaine
addiction and 1993 for pill addiction."
Judge Cristina denied the defamation claim because Kehoe could not
prove damages, but praised the former supermodel.
"When I asked you who you are, I thought you were going to tell me
was, 'I'm a supermodel' .The first thing you said was, 'I'm a mother.'
"You are a tough lady who has fought drug abuse and alcohol abuse.
That's what you really stand for and that's admirable."