Cosby paid accuser $3m, United States sexual assault retrial hears
10 April, 2018, 20:19 | Author: Kristine Mills
Constand's case is the only criminal case that was able to be prosecuted under various states' statute of limitations, but Cosby is facing numerous civil cases from women who said that he had defamed their characters when he denied their rape charges. The case was declared a mistrial past year after the jury failed to reach a verdict following six days of deliberation.
The now frail and isolated 80-year-old Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted in his retrial of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, 44, at his Philadelphia home in 2004.
Cosby's defense attorneys have argued that he and Constand had a consensual sexual relationship.
In his summary of the prosecution case that will now unfold, Steele said: "This case is about a betrayal leading to a sexual assault of Andrea Constand", before describing the process in which Cosby allegedly drugged his guest before assaulting her.
Constand, who is more than three decades younger than Cosby, didn't report the alleged assault until a year later.
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.
Rochelle, an actress, said she didn't have any bad experiences with Cosby when she was on the show, nor did she intend to physically hurt him.
The protester was topless and had the names of Cosby's accusers as well as the phrase "Women's Lives Matter" written in black and red on her body. She was charged with disorderly conduct.
In long, at times rambling remarks kicking off perhaps the most high-profile case of his career, Steele rehashed much of the "he-said, "she-said" case, quoting liberally from Cosby's prior deposition".
The first trial in this case failed after the jury within six days could not reach a verdict about the guilt of the actor. "What concerns me is that you're out here protesting -and you have right to protest for sexual assault victims - and you protest by taking your clothes off". She was thrown to the ground and cuffed by police and taken into custody.
Judge Steven O'Neill eventually reconvened and swore in the panel, without dismissing the juror in question.
Openings began at 3:26 p.m. and the trial broke by 5 p.m.
The rise of the #MeToo movement, led by women speaking out about harassment and assault, has caused male entertainment heavyweights like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and Kevin Spacey to fall from grace. Then Cosby was back on his way to meet the men and women who will decide his fate. The district attorney at that time ended his investigation after four weeks, announcing the comedian wouldn't be charged because the evidence showed both parties "could be held in less than a flattering light".
"This case is about trust", Steele told the jury.
NORRISTOWN, PA - MAY 24: Invoice Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary listening to, Might 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
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