Bill Cosby paid accuser $3.38 million to keep quiet about sexual assault

10 April, 2018, 20:29 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial set to begin in Pennsylvania

Rochelle appeared in four episodes of The Cosby Show in the 1990s when she was 12 years old.

Police arrested Nicolle Rochelle, a former actress who once worked with Cosby.

Cosby's retrial likely won't be anything like his first one.

Cosby's lawyers say her memories are tainted at best. The jurors deliberated for a further 52 hours before admitting they could not reach a unanimous verdict.

The woman, identified as Nicolle Rochelle, was tackled to the ground by police and charged with disorderly conduct, the District Attorney's Office said in a statement just after noon. Steele said Constand pursued the civil suit in 2005, after Montgomery County prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges.

Bill Cosby leaves the courthouse after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case on April 3, 2017.

In a court filing late Friday, defense lawyers asked the judge to replace the juror, who according to the defense motion, made it clear to other prospective jurors that he has "a fixed opinion about Mr. Cosby's guilt in this case". Rochelle later said she was acting on behalf of Femen, a European women's movement whose members paint messages on their topless bodies to protest the patriarchy, and to reclaim the bodies of women who have been disempowered through sexual assault. "It felt personal to me".

The Cosby Show star returned to court on Monday (09Apr18) in Pennsylvania to stand trial again for allegedly drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in Philadelphia in 2004.

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Rochelle, of Little Falls, New Jersey, had the names of more than 50 of Cosby's accusers scrawled on her body, along with the words "Women's Lives Matter", when she ran in front of Cosby toward a bank of TV cameras outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse.

Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury selection at his sexual assault retrial in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Rochelle was apparently among a group of protesters at the courthouse who greeted Cosby with jeers.

His is the first high-profile sexual assault trial of the MeToo era, and experts are watching to see what effect the of harassment and assault against prominent men may have on the trial and on jurors' attitudes toward sexual assault.

Cosby's lawyers, however, say they are anxious that the barrage of publicity surrounding other bad-behaving men will lead jurors to lump Cosby in with the others, making it tougher for him to receive a fair 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.

At the first trial, for example, testimony was heard from just one other woman who said she was also drugged and assaulted by Cosby. Last month the defense first demanded O'Neill recuse himself as judge, arguing in court papers that he could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who has described herself as an "advocate for assault victims".

Ossorio, who is from New York City, said she organized the protest to get justice for Constand and other survivors. In this case, the jury will also be privy to the amount of money Cosby paid Constand when they originally settled the case.

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