Former 'Cosby Show' actor charges at star ahead of retrial
Former 'Cosby Show' actor charges at star ahead of retrial
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Bill Cosby 80 is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004
10 April, 2018, 20:25
Comedian Bill Cosby has returned to a Pennsylvania court for the start of his retrial on charges of sexually assaulting a onetime friend who had thought of him as a mentor, nearly a year after a jury deadlocked in the case.
One key defence witness, a Temple University academic adviser, is expected to testify that Constand once told her she could make money by falsely claiming she had been molested by a prominent person.
In addition, at the prior trial, prosecutors called up to the stand one woman who saidCosby had previously drugged and assaulted her, as prosecutors attempted to show that Cosby had a pattern of misconduct.
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In an interview after her arrest on disorderly conduct charges, Rochelle said she is a performing artist and activist who now lives in Paris.
His retrial is now the most high-profile criminal case so far in a #MeToo world, the U.S. cultural watershed that has ruined the careers of a string of powerful men in Hollywood, politics and the media. Dozens of women have famously accusedCosby of various acts of sexual harassment and assault, but Constand was one of the few whose case fell within the statute of limitations. However, the trial was halted soon after Cosby arrived after a juror was allegedly overheard saying Cosby was guilty. "We believe this woman who is talking and telling her truth, and I want her to be raised to always have a voice and to know that I believe her when she tells me anything that happens". She has not publicly accused Cosby of assault.
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.
This time, O'Neill has warned the trial may last a month.
Nicolle Rochelle had the words "Women's Lives Matter" scrawled in red on her body when she hurtled over a barricade around 8:35 a.m. and ran toward the disgraced comedian, her right fist in the air, outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
At the first trial, references to the civil case were barred.
Femen was born from a 2008 pajama party in Ukraine, where a group of young feminists made a decision to use sexuality to protest Ukrainian women being trafficked for sex and other women's issues.
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.
Mesereau, who won an acquittal in Michael Jackson's 2005 child molestation case, has said the jury will learn "just how greedy" Constand was.
Five other accusers At the first trial, one other woman who said she was also drugged and assaulted by Cosby, 80, was allowed to testify in addition to Constand.
The first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era begins on Monday in suburban Philadelphia with opening statements.
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