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Cosby sexual assault USA retrial gets underway

10 April 2018

That sum, hidden for more than a decade behind a confidentiality agreement signed by both parties, was revealed for the first time Monday by Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele in his opening statement to jurors at Cosby's retrial in Norristown. The 80-year-old is being tried for three counts of aggravated indecent assault on the former European basketball star. The defence will nearly certainly attack her credibility with questions about why she maintained contact with Cosby after the encounter and why she took a year to come forward to police, both issues Cosby's lawyers raised in the first trial.

Bill Cosby paid former Temple employee Andrea Constand $3.36 million in a 2005 civil suit to silence sexual assault allegations.

Although parts of that settlement have been made public - including Cosby's admission that he got prescription sedatives to give to women he wanted to have sex with - the price tag of that agreement had remained a secret.

"Protesting Invoice Cosby was necessary for us as a result of he's a person who has been disempowering ladies's our bodies for many years and in being bare immediately, I used to be symbolically taking again the possession of all of the victims' our bodies and redefining it as a political device versus a sexual object", she mentioned.

Rochelle, of Little Falls, New Jersey, had the names of more than 50 of Cosby's accusers scrawled on her body, along with the words "Women's Lives Matter", when she ran in front of Cosby toward a bank of TV cameras outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse.

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Eriksen added: "He celebrated like it was his goal so I will have to take his word for it". Of course if Harry scored, and he feels he scored, it's fantastic for his confidence".

Ms Rochelle was charged with disorderly conduct and could be fined if convicted.

Steele suggested in his opening remarks that the size of the payment indicated Cosby had something to hide after years of attacking other women in strikingly similar ways.

The first trial in this case failed after the jury within six days could not reach a verdict about the guilt of the actor.

Accuser Andrea Constand walks in a hallway during the fifth day of deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 16, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

USA Today said that the majority of Monday's trial was spent behind closed doors discussing whether or not a member of the juror had improperly blabbed about the case before the trial started.

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What do you think of the Cosby retrial? The defense had asked for the juror in question to be dismissed, but no jurors were removed.

Cosby also has new attorneys for this trial.

Prospective jurors were asked for their thoughts on the #MeToo movement during jury selection, as prosecutors and defense attorneys seated the jury of seven men and five women.

The trial is expected to last about a month in total.

He also introduced to the jury what a common scheme, plan or design and absence of mistake is, which his team plans to use in arguments to prove Cosby had a specific plan to hurt women.

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In long, at times rambling remarks kicking off perhaps the most high-profile case of his career, Steele rehashed the details of the "he-said, she-said" case, saying that it was about broken trust.

Cosby sexual assault USA retrial gets underway