Cosby paid accuser $3.38m as assault retrial continues

The Topless Protester Who Took Center Stage At Cosby's Retrial Has A History With The Actor

Bill Cosby topless protester Nicolle Rochelle used to be an actress on The Cosby Show

By bringing up the settlement amount and explaining the 12 years between the alleged assault and the charges, Steele was tackling what could be considered the prosecution's greatest weaknesses.

Yet the three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with Constand, who now lives in Canada, are the only criminal charges to stick against Cosby. The 80-year-old comedian has pleaded not guilty to all accounts.

Cosby, who has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004, is thought to have walked back to his auto to let the commotion die down before heading back out.

Cosby's defense attorneys have argued that he and Constand had a consensual sexual relationship.

Lasha has accused Cosby of giving her a pill and a shot in 1986 and then sexually assaulting her.

Steele reminded jurors that Cosby admitted to Constand's mother Gianna in 2005 that he penetrated the young woman with his fingers, and told the mother, "I'm apologizing because I'm thinking this is a dirty old man with a young girl".

Although parts of that settlement have been made public - including Cosby's admission that he got prescription sedatives to give to women he wanted to have sex with - the price tag of that agreement had remained a secret.

For years, Bill Cosby and the lanky former professional women's basketball player who had accused him of sexual assault shared a secret.

"Women's lives matter", yelled Nicolle Rochelle, 39, with "Cosby rapist" and the names of his accusers written on her torso as the comedian was walking into the court house in Norristown, a Philadelphia suburb.

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Constand is just one of the more than 50 women who have said they were sexually assaulted by the once-beloved entertainer over decades. Also known as Nicole Leach, she was quickly detained and placed into local police custody, but not before creating a surprising and chaotic scene as Cosby's sexual assault trial gets underway once again.

The first day of the retrial against Bill Cosby started off with several protests, including one leading to the arrest of a topless woman.

Opening statements began after almost six hours of delay to reinterview each of the jurors to address a motion filed by the defense Friday.

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

The retrial will be before the same judge and district attorney as the first trial.

Bill Cosby paid almost $3.4 million to a woman who accused him of sexual assault to stop her speaking about the allegations, a court heard yesterday.

A jury consisting of seven men and five women was selected last week.

Bill Cosby's lawyers want jurors to hear about the criminal past of an accuser expected to testify at his sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.

Steele encouraged the jury to avoid falling into a "he said, she said" confusion by considering how similar Constand's account of events was to other evidence that will be presented to the court in the course of the retrial.

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