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Prosecution says Cosby settled civil suit for $3.4 million

Cosby paid $3.4 million to alleged sex assault victim, prosecutor says as trial begins Bill Cosby's retrial delayed by dispute over whether a juror said he's guilty
Ginger Lopez | 10 April, 2018, 20:27

The words "Women's Lives Matters" and the names of Cosby's accusers were written on her bare torso.

Cosby seemed startled by the commotion as protesters chanted at him, but he was not touched and was uninjured.

She was later identified as Nicolle Rochelle, who appeared in several epsiodes of The Cosby Show, and charged with summary disorderly conduct.

Rochelle is a member of the European-based feminist group Femen, the news outlet reported. "It's a different world. So I think it was a shame, it was sad, it was in poor taste", Wyatt told reporters. But he says more is needed to ensure Cosby's safety, telling The Associated Press, "You never know who's going to want to make a name for themselves".

Bill Cosby arrives for the first day of his second trial for sexual assault at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 9, 2018.

Cosby's defense lawyer, Tom Mesereau, is set to deliver his opening remarks to the jury on Tuesday morning.

There is much riding on the outcome of the case for Cosby.

She was grabbed by sheriff's deputies after coming within feet of Cosby, who was on the arm of his publicist Andrew Wyatt.

The interim period between his initial trial and Monday's retrial has also seen the birth of the #MeToo movement that erupted on social media and exposed numerous cases of alleged sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, politics, the media and many other walks of life. Cosby's lawyers have signaled they intend to use the settlement to argue that Andrea Constand falsely accused the former TV star in hopes of landing a big payoff.

He added that her act of protest was in "poor taste".




Constand, 44, claims she considered Cosby a father figure and professional mentor when she visited him at his estate to discuss her career.

The comedian faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. How the Cosby case fares in Norristown could have powerful ramifications for other potential prosecutions across the nation.

Almost every potential juror questioned for the case this time knew about #MeToo.

Comedian Bill Cosby returns to a Pennsylvania court on Monday for the start of his retrial on charges of sexually assaulting a one-time friend who had thought of him as a mentor, nearly a year after a jury reached a deadlock in the case.

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. Judge Steven O'Neill agreed last week to allow the jury to hear the details and the previously undisclosed sum of the settlement.

"This one will be harder for the defence", Prof.

"This one will be harder for the defense", said Los Angeles Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson. This time, Constand "is not alone, and there is strength in numbers". In this case, the jury will also be privy to the amount of money Cosby paid Constand when they originally settled the case.

A civil lawsuit between the two, in which he admitted to acquiring prescription sedatives for women he wanted to have sex with, was settled in 2006.

Several changes since the previous trial are likely to help the prosecution's case, legal experts said.

She sued Cosby in 2005 and won a financial settlement.

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