Cosby Paid Accuser Nearly $3.4M, Prosecutor Says

Mr Cosby right paid his accuser $3.38 million in a settlement in 2006

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

The one that has attracted the most attention is Marguerite Jackson, 56, a Temple University academic adviser who says that Constand, who worked on the support staff for the women's basketball team, once told her she could make money by falsely claiming that she had been molested by a prominent person.

Few people remember Nicolle Rochelle from The Cosby Show.

For the new trial, the jury of seven men and five women were asked about their thoughts on the #MeToo movement during the jury selection process.

Bill Cosby is at court for a retrial on allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman he met at his former university in outer Philadelphia
Bill Cosby's case returns to court for the first time since #MeToo began

In addition, at the prior trial, prosecutors called up to the stand one woman who said Cosby had previously drugged and assaulted her, as prosecutors attempted to show that Cosby had a pattern of misconduct. Constand's lawyer has said the co-worker is lying. A judge declared a mistrial in June after jurors could not agree on a unanimous decision on any charge.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office identified the suspect as Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, New Jersey. Cosby, though, is the only Hollywood celebrity facing criminal charges.

Rochelle had been corresponding with Lili Bernard, who is one of Cosby's more than 60 sexual assault accusers. The case was settled confidentially in 2006 with a financial payment made by Cosby to Constand.

That includes the sex industry, religious institutions and far-right politicians who pursue "strategies of division of society, hate, xenophobia and threaten women's freedoms", she said. She filed a lawsuit after another district attorney declined to prosecute Cosby.

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The now 80-year-old Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of drugging and molesting former university employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004.

According to reports, Rochelle, topless and covered in phrases like "Cosby Rapist" and 'Women's Live Matter, ' jumped across a police barricade and threw herself towards Bill Cosby as the actor and comedian was making his way towards the courthouse for his sexual assault retrial.

Before the court hearing in Pennsylvania in the case of actor bill Cosby, protester, dressed only in the trousers, rushed in front of Cosby with the words "women's Lives matter". The retrial is expected to last about a month.

After questioning all 12 jurors and six alternates behind closed doors, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled the juror could stay, saying all the panelists told him they stuck to their pledge to remain fair and impartial.

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Though the accuser is a lesbian, Cosby says he had a consensual romantic relationship with her.

About a dozen other protesters also demonstrated outside the courthouse, an indication of how Cosby's profile has changed since he was one of America's most beloved entertainers. More recently she garnered media attention after she staged a topless protest at the retrial of Bill Cosby for sexual assault in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Comedian Bill Cosby returns to a Pennsylvania court on Monday for the start of his retrial on charges of sexually assaulting a one-time friend who had thought of him as a mentor, nearly a year after a jury reached a deadlock in the case.

For Cosby's latest run in court, he has a new legal team led by Tom Mesereau, who successfully defended Michael Jackson at his 2005 child molestation trial.

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