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Topless feminists stage protest at Cosby rape trial as civil lawsuit payment comes to light

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The topless protester who leaped over a barricade and ran toward Bill Cosby at the start of his sexual assault retrial on Monday is an actress who appeared on the family sitcom “The Cosby Show” as a child alongside Bill Cosby.

Nicolle Rochelle, a member of European feminist group Femen, which is known for staging topless protests, said: “The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women.”

“I wanted him to feel something. I wanted him to feel what he did and have it be in his face.

Cosby paid a woman who accused him of sexual assault $3.38 million as part of a 2006 settlement of a civil lawsuit, prosecutors saidI wanted to approach him, but I didn’t want to touch him at all.”

Andrea Constand, 44, has accused the once-beloved father from The Cosby Show of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004.
In his opening statement District Attorney Kevin Steele revealed the payout by Mr. Cosby.

Monday morning was spent figuring out whether a juror would be dismissed. Cosby’s defense lawyers filed a motion on Friday asking to dismiss a juror. The request was made after defense lawyers heard from a potential juror, who had been dismissed, with her concerns about someone who had been seated on the jury.