Bill Cosby paid accuser $3.4M to settle sexual assault trial

Former Cosby Show actress Nicolle Rochelle is detained after Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual-assault trial

AP Former Cosby Show actress Nicolle Rochelle is detained after Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual-assault trial

"Protesting Bill Cosby was important for us because he is a man who has been disempowering women's bodies for decades and in being naked today, I was symbolically taking back the ownership of all the victims' bodies and redefining it as a political tool as opposed to a sexual object", Rochelle told NBC News in a statement Monday night.

The woman, whose body was scrawled with the names of more than 50 Cosby accusers as well as the words "Women's Lives Matter", ran in front of Cosby toward a bank of TV cameras but was intercepted by sheriff's deputies and led away in handcuffs.

Nicolle Rochelle, an actress who appeared on "The Cosby Show" as a 12-year-old, leaped into the path of the aging comedian as he was walking up to the courthouse.

She says she wanted to make Cosby "uncomfortable".

In his opening statement, District Attorney Kevin Steele described the 2006 civil settlement, suggesting that Cosby wouldn't have paid out so much money if the accusations against him were false.

The Pennsylvania instance, brought on by Andrea Constand, an former administrator at Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, " may be the sole unlawful prosecution to direct from your accusations, most that are too old to permit for charges.

Steele highlighted Cosby's comments in the deposition that he had given Constand one and a half pills to help her "relax".

Opening statements were delayed for hours 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". A judge declared a mistrial in June after jurors could not agree on a unanimous decision on any charge. At the same time, the jury might hear that figure and believe Constand already won a very favorable outcome; why send Cosby to prison for potentially the rest of his life if she already benefited?

He also encouraged the jury to "listen to the testimony that she did not say 'yes.' That, as we all know, is a woman's right".

She was charged with disorderly conduct and faces a fine of about $35 plus court costs, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's office.

The comedian, who has consistently denied all allegations against him, was said to have appeared startled by the ordeal but was not touched or injured.

"I felt like Bill Cosby was a great guy at that time", she said. The defence will nearly certainly attack her credibility with questions about why she maintained contact with Cosby after the encounter and why she took a year to come forward to police, both issues Cosby's lawyers raised in the first trial. The prosecutor also emphasized that the comic had himself admitted to "digital penetration" of Constand, while insisting that the sexual encounter was consensual.

Outside the courthouse, the day began with an unusual greeting for Cosby: a topless woman tore off her leather jacket in protest against the entertainer once known as "America's Dad".

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. The two sides agreed at the first trial not to mention the lawsuit.

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