Bill Cosby's $3.4M settlement: Evidence of guilt or greed?

10 April, 2018, 20:25 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Opening statements set in Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial

However, the trial was halted soon after Cosby arrived after a juror was allegedly overheard saying Cosby was guilty.

Judge Steven O'Neill delayed the trial's start to question the juror in private.

Cosby also has new attorneys for this trial.

The settlement amount had been confidential - and was kept out of the first trial - but a judge ruled that both sides could discuss it at this one.

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.

"Women's lives matter", yelled Nicolle Rochelle, 39, with "Cosby rapist", "women's lives matter" and the names of Cosby accusers written on her naked torso.

Cosby's defence team is expected to use its opening statement on Tuesday to portray a $3.4 million U.S. settlement paid to the woman he's charged with sexually assaulting as evidence of her greed.

The European feminist group Femen has taken credit for the protest, according to reports.

After she was wrestled to the ground and taken away in handcuffs, Rochelle was charged with disorderly conduct and released.

"I had a great experience on the show so I was very hurt by the fact that he did this for so many years", she said.

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"I wanted him to feel what he did and have it be in his face", she said. Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting more than 40 women over a span of roughly 40 years.

Cosby's lawyers have said the accusers' memories are tainted at best.

"With all of these distractions, Cosby's defense team is hoping to confuse the most important issue at hand; the systematic disembodiement and disempowerment of women's bodies occurring around the world since the beginning of time". Cosby, 80, was visibly shaken from the disturbance, but proceeded into the courthouse alongside his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt.

There are also expected to be crucial differences in how the retrial unfolds.

Ms Constand, who met Mr Cosby at Temple University - his alma mater, previously said she did not know Ms Jackson, who was not called as a witness in the first trial.

After recent events in the movement against sexual assault, along with the judge allowing for five additional accusers to testify, Cosby's retrial is poised to be one that's looking increasingly hard to beat. She will tell you that she did not say "Yes".

Her case is the only one that has resulted in a criminal prosecution because the others were too old under the statute of limitations.

Another key difference is that the defence is being allowed to introduce testimony from a Temple University academic adviser who says that Constand once told her that she could make money by falsely claiming that she had been molested by a prominent person.

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.

She later appeared on The Cosby Show for four episodes from 1990 to 1992, playing the role of Danielle, one of the friends of Bill Cosby's onscreen daughter Rudy.

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