Chaos as biggest trial of #MeToo era begins

Rosalie Gross
April 10, 2018

When it begins Monday, Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges will appear very similar in some respects to the first trial that ended inconclusively almost 10 months ago with a deadlocked jury.

The veteran comedian's first court case ended in a mistrial in June (17), but prosecutors vowed to retry him.

"The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women and to show him that the body can be aggressive and empowered", she said. But the defense has since brought forward two former Temple colleagues of Constand's who said she knew Jackson. The trial past year ended in a mistrial, after the jury remained deadlocked following six days of deliberation.

According to Fox News, the District Attorney's office have now identified the protester as Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, New Jersey.

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.

Bill Cosby went back to the courtroom Monday morning for a re-trial that's already off to a roaring start.

Constand is just one of the more than 50 women who have said they were molested by the once-beloved entertainer over four decades.

The disruption came ahead of opening statements, which were delayed while the judge sorted through allegations raised late Friday that a juror told a woman during jury selection that he thought Cosby was guilty. Here's all you need to know about her, her role on The Cosby Show, recent protest at Cosby's trial and filmography. I wanted him to feel what he did and have it be in his face.

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The now 80-year-old Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004. The judge told the court that he needs "to make sure we can continue with a fair and impartial trial".

Cosby's team will pick up with their opening arguments on Tuesday, but the settlement revelation capped off a wild first day of Cosby's retrial.

Before the trial proper began, the courthouse was momentarily engulfed in drama of another sort: a black female protester who ran towards the entrance of the building topless, with "Women's Lives Matter" scrawled in red paint across her chest.

A topless protester wearing body paint is arrested as Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the first day of his sexual assault retrial on April 9, 2018 in Norristown, Pa. Constand then sued Cosby in civil court and the parties settled in 2006.

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.

The defense team has also changed, now headed by Los Angeles celebrity import Tom Mesereau, with his distinctive mane of thick white hair, known for getting Michael Jackson acquitted of child molestation.

In his summary of the prosecution case that will now unfold, Steele said: "This case is about a betrayal leading to a sexual assault of Andrea Constand", before describing the process in which Cosby allegedly drugged his guest before assaulting her.

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