An American stand-up comedian, actor, and musician, Bill Cosby back in the Pennsylvania court Monday in the wake of the me-too movement and his retrial on sexual assault charges getting underway.
Just before opening statements began Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial #metoo met the comedian face-to-face outside the Pennsylvania courtroom Monday. When topless protester jumped a railing just feet away from Cosby ash rush toward cameras.
The women who have women lives matter and the name of his accusers were painted in red and black all over the body was quickly apprehended nu authorities and identified as 39-year-old Nicolle Rochelle, the actress who appeared in several episodes of Cosby’s show as a friend of a comedian on-screen daughter.
This is a second round for the 80-year-old comedian after his first trial ended in the hung jury last spring. But the context is rather different. His retrial comes just six months after #metoo swept the country. Bringing down powerful Hollywood men Harry Winston and Kevin Spacey nearly all the potential jurors questioning Cosby’s case told they were familiar with the movement.
The players are also different except for the Andrea Constand who is at the center of the case. Temple University basketball administrator who says the once most famous television dad drugged and assaulted Constand house in 2004.
This time around the judge is letting five additional accusers testify including model Janice Dickinson. Janice Dickinson said, “I trusted this man and I stuffed it. I compartmentalized it because I was embarrassed.”
In an opening statement, Monday prosecutors revealed for the first time Cosby paid Andrea Constand nearly $3.4 million in a civil settlement in 2006 arguing that it shows the high price he was willing to pay for her silence. Cosby’s lawyers are expected to argue that same sum shows Constand is motivated by greed.