Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Cosby sexual assault USA retrial gets underway

Cosby sexual assault USA retrial gets underway

The one that has attracted the most attention is Marguerite Jackson, 56, a Temple University academic adviser who says that Constand, who worked on the support staff for the women's basketball team, once told her she could make money by falsely claiming that she had been molested by a prominent person.

Actress Nicolle Rochelle, who worked on one of Bill Cosby's shows, was detained.

His first trial past year ended with a hung jury.

Speaking to reporters after her release from custody, she said: 'The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women'.

Cosby's lawyers say her memories are tainted at best.

The pioneering black entertainer's first trial ended in a hung jury in June a year ago, with a sequestered panel hopelessly deadlocked after six days of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations. Cosby, though, is the only Hollywood celebrity facing criminal charges.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby.

Andrea Constand, the complainant in the Cosby case, walks in a hallway during deliberations in the first sexual assault trial, on June 16, 2017.

But opening statements were delayed Monday after the defense team moved to strike one juror, who was allegedly overheard saying: "I just think he's guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here". She said she never had any bad experiences with the Cosby while on the show. Right when Cosby exited his vehicle, she ripped off her jacket and rushed toward the actor.

The comedian claims the sexual situations he found himself in were consensual, but he's faced with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, and each case can be punishable for up to 10 years. The #MeToo movement caught fire four months after the first trial, raising awareness of sexual misconduct as it toppled Harvey Weinstein, Sen.

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Nicolle Rochelle turned heads when she shockingly protested topless and got arrested outside of the courthouse during Bill Cosby's trial on April. 9.

Screaming "Women's Lives Matter, Hey, Hey, Hey", Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, New Jersey, had the slogan "Women's Lives Matter" written on her body in red ink, surrounded in black ink by the names of some of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of assault.

Also during his opening argument, Steele referenced sexual assault accusations brought against Cosby by other women.

NORRISTOWN, PA - MAY 24: Invoice Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary listening to, Could 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Steele emphasized that Constand did not approach his office to report the allegations against Cosby.

Last week, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled that it could be revealed to the jury in the course of the new trial.

A topless protester was seen launching herself in the direction of Bill Cosby as he arrived at court Monday for the start of his sexual assault retrial in Pennsylvania.

In addition to winning the acquittal of Michael Jackson in the singer's 2005 child-molestation case, Meserau famously defended Mike Tyson and Suge Knight.

Reality TV actress and former supermodel Janice Dickinson may be one of those prior acts witnesses, according to her attorney Lisa Bloom.

The prosecutor also pointed to testimony that Cosby himself gave under oath in 2006 in a deposition to lawyers in the civil suit with Constand.

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