Bill Cosby retrial over alleged sex assault due to begin

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs after the first day of his retrial for his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pennsylvania on Monday

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs after the first day of his retrial for his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pennsylvania on Monday

Mr Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault, which could carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Cosby, who was lauded as a hero by African Americans and revered by whites for smashing through racial barriers, is best remembered for his role as Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". That earlier trial ended with a deadlocked jury and Cosby's retrial began on Monday.

"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. Protester Nicolle Rochelle, an actress who had appeared on "The Cosby Show", was charged with disorderly conduct.

Anticipating the defense, led by celebrity attorney Tom Mesereau, will likely try to discredit Constand's character and testimony, Steele reminded the jurors, "This is the Commowealth vs. William H. Cosby". "Cosby is now the poster boy for how sexual assault is silenced, hidden and not dealt with in our society".

Constand is just one of the more than 50 women who have said they were molested by the once-beloved entertainer over four decades.

In a court filing late Friday, defense lawyers asked the judge to replace the juror, who according to the defense motion, made it clear to other prospective jurors that he has "a fixed opinion about Mr. Cosby's guilt in this case". But the defence has since brought forward two former Temple colleagues of Constand's who said she knew Jackson.

Cosby's lawyers argued in court documents on Monday that Lasha's record is vital to assessing her credibility.

During the first trial, Constand - the former director of operations for the women's basketball team at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University - testified that he drugged and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious at his home in 2004. The judge barred her at the first trial.

The trial, which is being held at Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania, is expected to last about a month.

Judge Steven T. O'Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas met privately with both sides to discuss a defense contention that one juror had told another prospective juror last week that he thought Cosby was guilty.

Protesters gathered outisde the Montgomery County courthouse as Cosby arrived.

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". More recently she garnered media attention after she staged a topless protest at the retrial of Bill Cosby for sexual assault in Norristown, Pennsylvania. One woman and one man are African-American, the same makeup as the jury for the first trial.

Steele reminded the jury Constand's account may contain inconsistencies, as she recalls the incedent in which she was hazy from allegedly being drugged by Cosby. In this case, the jury will also be privy to the amount of money Cosby paid Constand when they originally settled the case.

In a 2005 deposition, Cosby said he gave Constand an over-the-counter antihistamine to relieve stress and that they had consensual relations, but admitted obtaining sedatives with a view to having sex.

The most well-known of the five is 63-year-old model Janice Dickinson, who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1982.

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