Bill Cosby paid accuser $3.4M to settle sexual assault trial

Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial set to begin in Pennsylvania

For first time ever, the prosecution publicly said the 80-year-old Cosby paid his primary accuser $3.38 million in exchange for her silence about him allegedly drugging and sexually assaulted her.

The one that has attracted the most attention is Marguerite Jackson, 56, a Temple University academic adviser who says that Constand, who worked on the support staff for the women's basketball team, once told her she could make money by falsely claiming that she had been molested by a prominent person.

Rochelle appeared on a few episodes of "The Cosby Show".

"The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women and to show him that the body can be aggressive and empowered", she said afterward in an interview with the Associated Press.

Claire McCue, a protester from Brooklyn and a professor of social work in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, brought her daughter, who is in elementary school, with her to the protest. The trial a year ago ended in a mistrial, after the jury remained deadlocked following six days of deliberation.

Cosby did not admit to any criminal activity in the deposition.

"This case is about betrayal, and that betrayal leading to the sexual assault of a woman named Andrea Constand", he said. One woman testified at the first trial.

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The amount that Cosby paid to Andrea Constand in a 2006 civil settlement had been confidential, but a judge ruled both sides could discuss it at the trial.

That includes the sex industry, religious institutions and far-right politicians who pursue "strategies of division of society, hate, xenophobia and threaten women's freedoms", she said.

Rochelle announced her intentions to protest Cosby on April 9 on her Facebook page.

Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

His is the first high-profile sexual assault trial of the MeToo era, and experts are watching to see what effect the of harassment and assault against prominent men may have on the trial and on jurors' attitudes toward sexual assault.

Nicolle Rochelle, who appeared in four episodes of The Cosby Show from 1990 to 1992, was intercepted by police as she jumped over a barricade outside the courthouse in Philadelphia.

Opening arguments are set to start Monday, and the trial will likely last a month.

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Last time, the jury was drawn from Pittsburgh and bused 300 miles to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after Cosby said he anxious that all the pretrial publicity had affected potential jurors in the local area.

Cosby has said the encounters were consensual.

That media obsession, and the members' use of their breasts as a protest tool, has drawn criticism from feminist groups and others who see Femen protests as a distraction.

Judge Steven O'Neill is questioning the woman in his chambers Monday ahead of opening statements in the retrial.

Protesters stand outside Montgomery County Courthouse on the first day of Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial on Monday.

Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau, who won an acquittal in Michael Jackson's 2005 child molestation case, has said the jury will instead learn "just how greedy" Constand was. One woman and one man are African-American, the same makeup as the jury for the first trial.

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