Opening statements set in Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial

Opening statements set in Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial

Comedian Bill Cosby has returned to a Pennsylvania court for the start of his retrial on charges of sexually assaulting a onetime friend who had thought of him as a mentor, nearly a year after a jury deadlocked in the case.

The allegations against Cosby stretch back more than a decade, but the trial takes place in a cultural moment vastly different from the one in which the first trial took place past year.

"The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women", she said after being released from police custody (via The Grapevine).

In one dramatic moment, Steele urged jurors to "listen to the testimony that she did not say 'yes'".

His first trial, in June 2017, ended when the jury failed to reach a verdict.

The District Attorney's office identified the protester as Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, New Jersey.

Ms Constand is the only woman whose complaint has resulted in criminal charges against the performer once dubbed "America's Dad".

The Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial has drawn a lot of media attention as of late. In the original trial, 1 additional woman testified. (Another new witness, also a former Temple employee, will testify on behalf of Cosby that she heard Constand discussing the possibility of claiming sexual abuse to win money in a lawsuit from a wealthy man).

Opening statements were delayed after Cosby's team submitted a motion to dismiss juror 11, a white man, after he allegedly told a fellow prospective juror (who was not selected) that he thought Cosby was guilty.

One of those accusers is scheduled to be Janice Dickinson, the onetime supermodel, who said Cosby had drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982. "She will describe how her body felt during this circumstance".

Dario Saric (elbow) scheduled to return for 76ers on Friday
Philadelphia was up 65-49 at halftime, and the margin didn't reach single digits again until the waning moments of the fourth. He knows that no team has been hotter than the Sixers, who have reeled off 12 straight victories. "They tore us up tonight".

After questioning all 12 jurors and six alternates behind closed doors, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled the juror could stay, saying all the panelists told him they stuck to their pledge to remain fair and impartial.

During the arduous jury-selection process last week, potential jurors were asked a litany of questions about what they know about the comedian and the allegations against him, and whether they followed the first trial.

Ossorio, who is from New York City, said she organized the protest to get justice for Constand and other survivors.

The actor, who starred in the 1980s TV series The Cosby Show, has faced allegations from dozens of other women but has denied them all.

This time, O'Neill has warned the trial may last a month.

In a twist, the judge hinted that he might not allow jurors to hear Cosby's lurid deposition testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex.

She jumped over a crowd barrier outside the courthouse and yelled "Women's lives matter" before being wrestled to the ground by courthouse deputies about ten yards in front of Cosby as he walked toward the building's front doors.

The defence team has also changed, now headed by Los Angeles celebrity import Tom Mesereau, with his distinctive mane of thick white hair, known for getting Michael Jackson acquitted of child molestation.

Early Monday, she shared a Facebook photo of herself wearing a sweatshirt with "Hello Friend" printed on it - a shirt Cosby has been seen wearing, including during his first comedy set since his first sexual assault trial.

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