Security Beefed Up Around Bill Cosby Outside Court a Day After Topless Protester Incident
There was much more law enforcement presence around Cosby as he arrived in court for day 2 of his sexual assault retrial.
Bill Cosby arrived at a Pennsylvania courthouse with a noticeably beefed-up security detail, a day after a topless female protester launched herself into the path of the embattled comedian while shouting, "Women's lives matter!"
As a result of the previous day's incident, authorities were apparently taking no chances, as Cosby was flanked by 11 sheriff's deputies as a result of Monday’s incident.
The protester, 38-year-old Nicolle Rochelle, is a former child star who actually appeared on four episodes of "The Cosby Show" in the 90s. As an adult, she appeared on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," among other dramas.
She says being a member of "The Cosby Show" cast is a making the trial very personal.
“I felt personally attacked even though I wasn't actually attacked," she told Inside Edition. "I identified with the victims."
Cosby made his own protest Tuesday because he was upset that a juror was allegedly overheard saying, "I just think he's guilty, so can we all be done and get out of here?"
With Cosby at his side, spokesman Andrew Wyatt read a statement about juror conduct.
“Their oath states that these jurors have to adhere to the orders and will erase things heard or seen in the media,” he told reporters outside court.
Also Tuesday, Cosby's attorney Tom Mesereau launched a blistering attack on Andrea Constand, the woman accusing the disgraced comedian of sexual assault, calling her a “con artist.”
Meserau says Constand took advantage of Cosby’s vulnerability after he confided in her that he had never gotten over the 1997 murder of his son, Ennis.
Lisa Bloom, who represents Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson, was outraged.
"This is why women don’t come forward," she told Inside Edition. "This why women remain silent — because they don’t want to be vilified in a way that he is vilifying Andrea Constand."
Constand did not testify in the first trial, but she and four other women who claim they were assaulted by Cosby are on the witness list this time.
Cosby's retrial stems from charges he drugged and molested Constand, a Temple University employee, in 2004. The first trial ended in a hung jury in June 2017.
He claims the encounter was consensual, and has denied the charges against him. The retrial is expected to last about a month.
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