Rochelle's topless body had the words "Women's Lives Matter" as well as some of the names of Cosby's accusers written on her when she was arrested. Such verbal attacks on the more than 60 women who have come forward since 2014 are what prompted Nicolle Rochelle, a 38-year-old actress, to make her topless run at Cosby as he walked into court early Monday.
But before that, the case was initially settled by a civil suit in 2006, in which prosecutor Kevin Steele revealed the actor paid Constand $3.38 million as part of a previously undisclosed settlement.
Cosby is starting the re-trial for allegations that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand after the first trial ended in a hung jury.
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 #MeToo movement caught fire four months after the first trial, raising awareness of sexual misconduct as it toppled Harvey Weinstein, Sen. Her conviction is critical to assessing her credibility as a witness against Cosby, the lawyers argued in their filing.
"I was contesting the image of a woman's body as constantly sexual", she said.
Rochelle didn't have any negative encounters with Cosby as a child on the show, the actress told the Associated Press.
Observers expect a dramatically different trial.
The woman said in an affidavit last week that the juror offered his opinion as they chatted during jury selection.
Ms Rochelle was charged with disorderly conduct and could be fined if convicted. O'Neill has allowed the prosecution to call five women other than Constand to testify about their allegations against Cosby.
Cosby seemed startled by the commotion as protesters chanted at him, but he was not touched and is uninjured.
Steele told the jury Cosby built up trust with Constand over time, but in 2004, that trust was betrayed.
Cosby, who was lauded as a hero by African Americans and revered by whites for smashing through racial barriers, is best known for "The Cosby Show" but won three acting Emmys for 1960s series "I Spy".
The first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era begins on Monday in suburban Philadelphia with opening statements. "To attract attention to the fact that women are not laying down peacefully and taking this kind of treatment, and that people are against Cosby". But few could've foreseen the shocking incident that unfolded Monday morning.
Judge Steven O'Neill eventually reconvened court after 2:00 pm (1800 GMT) in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, and the jury was sworn in, without the juror in question having been dismissed.
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