Cosby paid accuser $3.4m in civil suit, prosecutor tells jury

Cosby paid accuser $3.4m in civil suit, prosecutor tells jury

Cosby paid accuser $3.4m in civil suit, prosecutor tells jury

Prosecutors said Monday that comedian Bill Cosby paid Andrea Constand almost $3.4 million to settle her 2005 sexual assault lawsuit.

Constand is the only one of Cosby's accusers whose claims are not too old to prosecute.

"This case is about trust, " Steele told the jury. "Cosby is now the poster boy for how sexual assault is silenced, hidden and not dealt with in our society".

Last June, the first jury failed to come to a unanimous verdict on charges that Mr Cosby drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

Local Philadelphia news reported that the unidentified woman had jumped over a barricade and got within a few feet of the disgraced comedian before sheriff's deputies jumped in to detain her.

Cosby did not take the stand at the first trial and is unlikely to do so this time. She's unconscious, she's jolted. "And she's herself being violated".

The start of Cosby's retrial was delayed for several hours Monday as the judge reviewed a motion brought by Cosby's lawyers to dismiss a juror. The judge told the court that he needs "to make sure we can continue with a fair and impartial trial". That earlier trial ended with a deadlocked jury and Cosby's retrial began on Monday.

Shouting "Women's Lives Matter", which was also written on her body along with "Cosby Rapist", the woman hopped the fence and ran topless toward Cosby at 8:35 he was being escorted into the courthouse.

In long, at times rambling remarks kicking off perhaps the most high-profile case of his career, Steele rehashed much of the "he-said, "she-said" case, quoting liberally from Cosby's prior deposition".

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Rochelle, a member of the European feminist group Femen which is known for staging topless protests around the world, was among about a half dozen people chanting in support of Cosby's accuser.

The woman, identified by the District Attorney's office as Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, New Jersey, was taken down by police and handcuffed. "I think it was a shame, sad and in poor taste".

"I guess in the end I wanted him to feel uncomfortable the way that he made other women feel", she said. He has pleaded not guilty. She said that nothing inappropriate had happened on the set with Cosby.

Still, Cosby's legal team will also reportedly accuse the other witnesses of being after fame and money with their allegations against him. The judge barred her at the first trial.

Cosby is said to be legally blind and had difficulty trying to see what was happening.

Once they are, observers expect a dramatically different trial. In the new trial, 5 additional women will speak to show that Cosby had a history of abusing women.

One of those women is supermodel Janice Dickinson, who will say the comedian drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982 when she was 27 and he was 45.

Robreno noted at the time that because Cosby had "donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime" he had "voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim".

Cosby, now 80, is accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, then operations manager of the women's basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby was a proud alum.

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