Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Questions about Cosby trial juror delay opening statements

Questions about Cosby trial juror delay opening statements

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the first day of his sexual assault retrial on April 9, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

She had the names of more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct scrawled across her body.

Nicolle Rochelle, an actress who appeared on several episodes of The Cosby Show in the early 1990s and who's also believed to be a Femen activist, staged a protest against Cosby while completely topless, jumping over a barricade outside the Norristown, Pennsylvania courthouse where the trial was taking place and running towards Cosby's direction.

Bill Cosby paid Andrea Constand almost $3.4 million in a 2006 settlement, a Pennsylvania district attorney revealed during open statements on the first day of Cosby's retrial Monday.

"I want to turn again to the defendant's words", DA Kevin Steele said in Montgomery County Court, where Cosby faces trial for allegedly assaulting Constand in his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

In a 2005 deposition, Cosby said he gave Constand an over-the-counter antihistamine to relieve stress and that they had consensual relations, but admitted obtaining sedatives with a view to having sex.

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The opening statements in Bill Cosby's trial started with one powerful detail that has been a secret since Bill was first accused of drugging and sexually assaulting numerous women. She was quickly wrestled to the ground by police and charged with disorderly conduct, prosecutors said.

Twelve jurors - five women and seven men, 10 white and two black - together with six alternates, are to be sequestered.

Steele encouraged the jury to avoid falling into a "he said, she said" confusion by considering how similar Constand's account of events was to other evidence that will be presented to the court in the course of the retrial.

Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters outside the courthouse: "He can't see so it didn't affect him at all". The actress, who has also appeared on Law & Order and Chapelle's Show, is a member of the European feminist group Femen, which is known for staging topless protests around the world.

Judge Steven O'Neill eventually reconvened and swore in the panel, without dismissing the juror in question.

Cosby wasn't touched during the incident and remained unharmed.

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Cosby now stands trial for a second time for those same allegations. On June 17, 2017, Judge O'Neill declared a mistrial after jurors said they were deadlocked after five days of deliberations.

Prosecutors are lining up a parade of accusers to make the case that the man revered as "America's Dad" lived a double life as one of Hollywood's biggest predators.

The Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial has drawn a lot of media attention as of late.

Opening statements began after almost six hours of delay to reinterview each of the jurors to address a motion filed by the defense Friday.

They're attacking Andrea Constand as a greedy liar and casting the other women testifying as bandwagon accusers looking for a share of the spotlight.

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