Monday, 10 December, 2018

Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial begins after delays

Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial set to begin in Pennsylvania Bill Cosby's retrial delayed by dispute over whether a juror said he's guilty
| 10 April, 2018, 20:26

If convicted of any of the three charges, Cosby could face up to a decade behind bars.

Another key difference is that the defence 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 settlement amount had been confidential - and was kept out of the first trial - but a judge ruled that both sides could discuss it at this one.

"The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women", she said afterward. Constand's lawyer has said the co-worker is lying. Steele said Constand pursued the civil suit in 2005, after Montgomery County prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby. Dozens of women have famously accused Cosby of various acts of sexual harassment and assault, but Constand was one of the few whose case fell within the statute of limitations.

Andrea Constand, the complainant in the Cosby case, walks in a hallway during deliberations in the first sexual assault trial, on June 16, 2017.

In a court filing late Friday, defense lawyers asked the judge to replace the juror, who according to the defense motion, made it clear to other prospective jurors that he has "a fixed opinion about Mr. Cosby's guilt in this case". Rochelle added that personally she has not had any conflicts with Cosby during the filming.

The case stretches back to a night in January 2004 when Constand, who'd met Cosby while working as an operations director for the Temple University women's basketball team, says the comic legend drugged and sexually assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home.


Nicolle Rochelle - who appeared in a recurring role on The Cosby Show - had painted "Cosby rapist" and various women's names on her body and chanted near the comedian. At the first trial, he allowed prosecutors to call only one other accuser.

Steele reminded the jury Constand's account may contain inconsistencies, as she recalls the incedent in which she was hazy from allegedly being drugged by Cosby.

NORRISTOWN, PA - MAY 24: Invoice Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary listening to, Could 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

A former Cosby Present actress was charged with disorderly conduct after protesting outdoors of the Pennsylvania courthouse the place Invoice Cosby's sexual assault retrial started Monday.

The feminist group "Femen", whose name was also written on the still anonymous protesters' body, took responsibility for the incident and issued a statement of support.

Before Cosby's last trial, which ended in a hung jury, Judge Steven O'Neill permitted the prosecution to read portions of deposition from the civil case in which Cosby admitted to giving women quaaludes before having sex with them. This time out, Cosby has hired more of an outsider to lead his defense: Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., a high-profile criminal defense veteran who helped Michael Jackson win acquittal in his 2005 child molesting trial.

In recent years, some 60 women have accused the Emmy-winning Cosby, who today claims to be legally blind, of being a serial predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years.

The testimony of the adviser, Marguerite Jackson, 56, was barred during the first trial when Constand testified that she did not know Jackson.

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