Cosby paid accuser US$3.38m, United States sexual assault retrial hears

Irene MckinneyApr 10, 2018

She was topless and the words "Women's Lives Matter" was written in red paint across her body, along with the names of other woman who have accused the actor of sexual misconduct.

Constand accused the Cosby Show star of drugging and assaulting her at his home in 2004.

Former model Janice Dickinson is one of the new witnesses, who claims Bill Cosby knocked her out with a pill and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982, when she was 27 and Cosby was 45.

Opening statements were delayed after Cosby's team submitted a motion to dismiss juror 11, a white man, after he allegedly told a fellow prospective juror (who was not selected) that he thought Cosby was guilty.

Prosecutors are lining up a parade of accusers to make the case that the man revered as "America's Dad" lived a double life as one of Hollywood's biggest predators. She was arrested after jumping over a barricade, topless, to get close to Cosby.

Bill Cosby's lawyers want jurors to hear about the criminal past of an accuser expected to testify at his sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.

The Montgomery Country District Attorney's Office says that Rochelle was "charged with summary Disorderly Conduct, Title 18, Section 5503 (A4), which is defined as 'the intent to cause a public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm or recklessly creating a risk thereof.'" She faces a fine if convicted of the charges.

"This case is not Andrea Constand versus the defendant".

This was not the first time that Nicolle Rochelle was vocal in her opposition to Bill Cosby.

Mr Cosby stepped from his auto with a walking stick, slowly put on his coat and walked into a court on the outskirts of Philadelphia surrounded by cameras, for what has been labelled the first big sex trial in the age of #MeToo.

Ms Constand, 45, is now the accuser in a criminal case brought against Mr Cosby, 80, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which is being reheard after a trial previous year ended with a hung jury.

Experts say the movement may make jurors more inclined to believe victims.

Constand, who is more than three decades younger than Cosby, didn't report the alleged assault until a year later. He even brought up what could be used as a weapon of the defense: how Constand earned $3.38 million off a settlement with Cosby in 2006.

The retrial will be before the same judge and district attorney as the first trial.

The current DA's immediate predecessor, Risa Vetri Ferman, took another look at the case in 2015 after the AP fought to unseal parts of Cosby's deposition testimony - including lurid passages about him giving drugs to women he wanted to have sex with.

Before the court hearing in Pennsylvania in the case of actor bill Cosby, protester, dressed only in the trousers, rushed in front of Cosby with the words "women's Lives matter".

Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday morning.

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