Former Cosby show actress protests topless at trial
Sexual assault trial underway in US is met with protest by actress who appeared in 4 episodes.
A former Cosby show actress stripped off her top and confronted comedian Bill Cosby as he arrived at court for the start of his retrial on sexual assault charges.
Nicolle Rochelle, who appeared in 4 episodes of the sitcom using the stage name Nicole Leach, climbed over a barrier and began shouting.
The words “Women’s Lives Matter” and the names of Cosby’s accusers were written in red and black lettering on her bare torso.
Uniformed officers wrestled her into the bushes and on to the ground as Cosby’s entourage followed a few steps behind. She was charged with disorderly conduct and could be fined if convicted.
The accuser in the case, Andrea Constand, 44, is one of more than 50 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assaults, some dating back decades. He has said the encounters were consensual.
Ms Constand’s case, dating to 2004 when she was an administrator at Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater, is the only one to go to criminal trial.
If convicted of aggravated indecent assault, Cosby, 80, could face up to 10 years in prison.