Cosby's second sex assault trial set for Pennsylvania courthouse

10 April, 2018, 20:27 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial set to begin in Pennsylvania

Another key difference is that the defense is being allowed to introduce testimony from a Temple University academic adviser who says that Constand once told her that she could make money by falsely claiming that she had been molested by a prominent person.

The disclosure of the settlement amount came in Steele's opening statement to the jury in Montgomery county court of common pleas in Norristown, a small, run-down Pennsylvania community struggling from industrial decline.

"The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women", Rochelle said after being charged, WHYY reported. In June, a Pennsylvania decide declared a mistrial after the jury introduced that they had been "hopelessly deadlocked" after deliberating for days.

Rochelle was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney.

Bill Cosby arrives at the courthouse as a topless woman is detained for charging at him.

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"This case is about betrayal, and that betrayal leading to the sexual assault of a woman named Andrea Constand", he said. He's fighting back with a new, high-profile lawyer and an aggressive strategy: attacking Andrea Constand as a greedy liar and casting the other women testifying as bandwagon accusers looking for a share of the spotlight. Opening statements and first witnesses were expected to be heard this morning, but Mr Cosby's Hollywood lawyer Tom Mesereau raised objections to a juror who had been heard stating that he already thought the defendant was guilty. Here's all you need to know about her, her role on The Cosby Show, recent protest at Cosby's trial and filmography. She said she believes the jury will be more accepting of Constand's story in the retrial because of the popularity of the Me Too movement.

Cosby faces charges for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee at his home in Philadelphia in 2004.

Rochelle, 38, of Little Falls, New Jersey had written on her torso the names of some of the many women who have accused Cosby of assault.

O'Neill said in court Monday afternoon that he had spoken with the jurors and none of them showed concern about their ability to be fair and impartial.

But Monday, very few people looked past her as she doffed her shirt and ran bare chested across the courthouse grounds toward former comedian Bill Cosby.

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Cosby's team will pick up with their opening arguments on Tuesday, but the settlement revelation capped off a wild first day of Cosby's retrial.

Cosby, 80, has said all of the encounters were consensual.

Rochelle said she would not return to the Montgomery County Courthouse for any form of protest following Monday's demonstration. The #MeToo movement caught fire four months after the first trial, raising awareness of sexual misconduct as it toppled Harvey Weinstein, Sen.

A portion of Cosby's deposition from that case, unsealed in 2015, included a statement from Cosby in which he acknowledged acquiring drugs to give to women he sought for sex.

Victoria Valentino, a longtime accuser of Cosby's who claims the comedian drugged and raped her in Los Angeles in 1969, predicts that the increased awareness about sexual abuse could have an impact on the new trial in a way that it didn't the first time around.

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