Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial begins after delays

Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial begins after delays

"And we ask if she's willing to help the commonwealth", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele shared with the jury, as he spent his time playing defense to upcoming arguments from the Cosby's team. If convicted of aggravated indecent assault, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

The star pleaded not guilty to the charges made against him before his first trial a year ago.

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. Constand, a former Temple University employee, privately settled the dispute for a previously undisclosed sum in 2006, but in 2016, a Pennsylvania prosecutor made a decision to try Cosby for criminal charges for the alleged incident.

Prosecutors and the defense gave their opening statements on Monday afternoon, and the prosecution revealed that Cosby had paid Constand almost $3.4 million in 2006 to settle her claim that Cosby had drugged and molested her. Prosecutors argued that he would not have paid out so much money unless he had a reason to. Their testimony could reinforce the prosecution's debate that the performer famous for his function since the benign patriarch on "The Cosby present" turned into a serial predator who preyed on weak ladies. In her interview with reporters, Rochelle said Cosby had never acted inappropriately with her but said she felt inspired to stand in solidarity with Cosby accusers attending the trial. On her bare upper body, she had written the names of more than 60 women who have publicly accused Cosby of sexual misdeeds. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Rochelle tells CBS3's Chantee Lans that if her actions touched just one woman it was all worth it. One man and one woman is Black on the jury panel, making it the same racial and gender makeup as Cosby's June trial.

The retrial got off to a headline-grabbing start when a topless protester jumped over the barrier and ran toward the comedian, before being tussled into the bushes by security and taken into custody.

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Judge Steven O'Neill eventually reconvened and swore in the panel, without dismissing the juror in question.

The retrial of Bill Cosby got off to a wild start this morning when a topless woman who once acted on "The Cosby Show" allegedly charged at the comedian as he arrived at a Pennsylvania court.

Openings began at 3:26 p.m. and the trial broke by 5 p.m.

The retrial is taking place in a potentially more hostile environment for Cosby. The two sides agreed at the first trial not to mention the lawsuit. The criminal filing came after a judge unsealed deposition testimony in which Cosby admitted he obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes in the 1970s so he could give the powerful drug to women he found sexually attractive.

In long, at times rambling remarks kicking off perhaps the most high-profile case of his career, Steele rehashed the details of the "he-said, she-said" case, saying that it was about broken trust.

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