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Topless protester targets Bill Cosby at retrial

A former actress on The Cosby Show has launched a topless protest as Bill Cosby arrived for a retrial on sexual assault charges.
Nicolle Rochelle, who had "Women's Lives Matter" written in red ink on her chest and stomach, said she wanted the 80-year-old actor and comedian to feel "uncomfortable".
Also written on her body were the names of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assaults, some of them dating back decades.His defence team says he denies all allegations - more than 50 in all - and says any sexual encounters were consensual.
Topless protester targets Bill Cosby at retrial

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The protester is led away by police
Rochelle, 39, 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.Officers led her away in handcuffs and later charged her with disorderly conduct and let her go.A European feminist group, Femen, has claimed her as one of its own.Cosby appeared startled but was untouched and uninjured.
Topless protester targets Bill Cosby at retrial

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The woman had 'Women's Lives Matter' written in red ink on her chest and stomach
Rochelle was among about half a dozen people showing support for Cosby's court accuser, 44-year-old Andrea Constand.Ms Constand alleges that the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004 when she was director of women's basketball at Temple University.
A judge has ruled that as many as five other women can testify alongside her.The TV star, who is facing three charges of aggravated indecent assault, denies the accusations against him and claims the relationship with Ms Constand was consensual.Each charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Topless protester targets Bill Cosby at retrial

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Bill Cosby watches as a protester struggles with police
An earlier trial, in which Cosby faced the same accuser, ended in a hung jury last June.Cosby is represented this time by a new lawyer, Tom Mesereau, who helped get Michael Jackson acquitted when he was accused of child molesting.The defence team will be able to call on a witness who claims Ms Constand talked about framing a celebrity and was motivated by money.
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Topless protester targets Bill Cosby at retrial

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Protesters outside the courthouse in Philadelphia
Mr Mesereau is expected to focus on the amount Ms Constand was paid when she reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit in 2005.The figure has never been disclosed.
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