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Bill Cosby's $3.4M settlement: Evidence of guilt or greed?

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Michele Schwartz | 10 April, 2018, 20:29

In another difference, the judge this time is letting Cosby's legal team call as a witness a former co-worker of Constand's at Temple University who said Constand spoke of setting up a "high-profile person" so she could sue and enjoy a big payday.

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

Bill Cosby arrives for the first day of his second trial for sexual assault at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., April 9, 2018.

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. In June, a Pennsylvania decide declared a mistrial after the jury introduced that they had been "hopelessly deadlocked" after deliberating for days.

In an interview after her arrest on disorderly conduct charges, Rochelle said she is a performing artist and activist who now lives in Paris.

The particular complexity of this Cosby trial is that much of it pivots on the individual recollections of the parties involved; according to media reports there is no meaningful forensive evidence to be presented.

The accuser in the case, Andrea Constand, 44, is one of more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual assaults, some dating back decades.

The defense has yet to give an opening statement. Here's all you need to know about her, her role on The Cosby Show, recent protest at Cosby's trial and filmography.

"I felt like Bill Cosby was a great guy at that time", she said.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, all focusing on what Constand said happened to her after he invited her to his home in Montgomery County in early 2004.

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.

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. His retrial is expected to last a month.

Sonia Ossorio, center, leads the National Organization for Women of NY in protest as Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on April 9, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. Constand's lawyer has said the co-worker is lying.

Femen was born from a 2008 pajama party in Ukraine, where a group of young feminists chose to use sexuality to protest Ukrainian women being trafficked for sex and other women's issues.

Shouting "Women's Lives Matter", which was also written on her body along with "Cosby Rapist", the woman hopped the fence and ran topless toward Cosby at 8:35 a.m.as he was being escorted into the courthouse. One woman and one man are African-American, the same makeup as the jury for the first trial.

The most well-known of the five is 63-year-old model Janice Dickinson, who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1982. In this case, the jury will also be privy to the amount of money Cosby paid Constand when they originally settled the case.

The presiding Judge Steven ONeill could permit Cosby's deposition in which he admitted to giving women Quaaludes before sexual encounters into the court.

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