Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Cosby returns to Pennsylvania court for retrial on sex assault charges

Cosby returns to Pennsylvania court for retrial on sex assault charges

Nicolle Rochelle, an actress who appeared on several episodes of The Cosby Show in the early 1990s and who's also believed to be a Femen activist, staged a protest against Cosby while completely topless, jumping over a barricade outside the Norristown, Pennsylvania courthouse where the trial was taking place and running towards Cosby's direction.

The settlement, which was not revealed in Cosby's first trial before it ended last June with a hung jury, plays a pivotal role for both sides as the 80-year-old comedian returns to the courtroom. A topless protester, who painted her body with the names of women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, was arrested outside the courthouse on Monday. Cosby's defense will still center on the argument that this was a consensual act.

She was 17 at the time and he was 48.

"Andrea Constand didn't come to us", Steele said. Rochelle often went by Nicole Leach in her work.

Constand says he gave her pills that made her woozy, and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay incapacitated, unable to tell him to stop. "You never know who's going to want to make a name for themselves". "So I think it was a shame, it was sad, it was in poor taste".

The civil suit resulted in a settlement of $3.38 million, Steele said, and required that Constand stay quiet about the outcome or underlying facts of the civil case. "And she's herself being violated".

They're attacking Andrea Constand as a greedy liar and casting the other women testifying as bandwagon accusers looking for a share of the spotlight.

Claire McCue, a protester from Brooklyn and a professor of social work in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, brought her daughter, who is in elementary school, with her to the protest. "We all know that's the woman's right".

Rochelle garnered global media attention after staging a topless protest against Bill Cosby at the site of his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Bill Cosby paid almost $3.4m (£2.4m) in a settlement to a woman now accusing him of sexual harassment, according to a prosecutor.

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The first trial in this case failed after the jury within six days could not reach a verdict about the guilt of the actor.

"I felt like Bill Cosby was a great guy at that time", she said.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand at his home in 2004. Opening statements and first witnesses were expected to be heard this morning, but Mr Cosby's Hollywood lawyer Tom Mesereau raised objections to a juror who had been heard stating that he already thought the defendant was guilty.

A topless woman with phrases including "Women's Lives Matter" written on her torso burst through a security line and shouted as Mr Cosby arrived before she was taken into custody.

The District Attorney's office identified the protester as Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, New Jersey.

According to her IMDB page, she appeared in four episodes of "The Cosby Show" between 1990 and 1992.

That media obsession, and the members' use of their breasts as a protest tool, has drawn criticism from feminist groups and others who see Femen protests as a distraction.

A judge barred mention of the settlement or the civil lawsuit during the first criminal trial but agreed the jury could hear about it this time around.

If convicted of disorderly conduct, she will face a fine and be ordered to pay court costs. Police did not immediately respond to requests for additional information.

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