Bill Cosby's retrial begins

Bill Cosby 80 is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004

He says it was consensual.

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

"I was scared to tell you", Rochelle said on the phone to Bernard with reporters.

Her lawyer, Gloria Allred, declined comment.

The retrial will be before the same judge and district attorney as the first trial - but the judge will this time allow five additional accusers to give evidence. She said that nothing inappropriate had happened on the set with Cosby.

A prosecutor says Bill Cosby paid almost $3.4 million to the woman he's charged with sexually assaulting at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Kristen Houser of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center said the movement could help prosecutors sway jurors to convict Cosby. The first trial ended in a mistrial last June, but the re-trial won't just be a repeat.

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.

Rochelle, 38, was arrested and charged with summary disorderly conduct.

Nicolle Rochelle jumped over a barrier outside of Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial and rushed at the disgraced comedian, topless and covered in messages decrying sexual assault. "I wanted to express the anger that they maybe can't express". She was later released.

The global women's movement Femen claimed responsibility for organising the protest, saying in a statement that Ms Rochelle was one of its activists. Cosby has denied these allegations.

Despite its extreme and often illegal antics, it has attracted sponsors and members of multiple nationalities and is now present in eight countries, Paris-based Femen leader Inna Shevchenko said.

Femen are a group of women who protest against sexual assault and in favor of women's rights while topless.

Yet three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Constand, who now lives in Canada, are the only criminal charges to stick, with most of the alleged abuse had occurred too long ago to prosecute.

Spokesman Andrew Wyatt praised the deputies for stopping the protester.

Jackson signed a sworn affidavit this year that says Constand confided in her during their time at Temple about a plan to make money from railroading a celebrity with assault claims.

Five other accusers At the first trial, one other woman who said she was also drugged and assaulted by Cosby, 80, was allowed to testify in addition to Constand.

There is much riding on the outcome of the case for Cosby.

"He can't see", Wyatt said.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Sonia Ossorio leads protesters outside the Montgomery County Courthouse on Monday in support of Andrea Constand, the central accuser in the case against Cosby.

The case against the actor was launched in 2015, after several dozen women have made similar accusations against him. According to a motion from the defense filed on Friday, the 11th juror allegedly said he's already decided Cosby is guilty.

This item has been corrected to show that the woman had "Women's Lives Matter" written on her, not "Matters".

Bill Cosby leaves the courthouse after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case on April 3, 2017.

Cosby, the star comedian once known as "America's Dad" for his portrayal of Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", will put the #MeToo movement to a major legal test.

Cosby is fighting back with a new, high-profile lawyer and an aggressive strategy.

"This case is not Andrea Constand versus the defendant". The trial previous year ended in a mistrial, after the jury remained deadlocked following six days of deliberation.

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