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Former 'Cosby Show' actor charges at star ahead of retrial

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The defense will also be likely to emphasize the fact that Constand maintained contact with Cosby even after the incident and question why it took her close to a year to report it to the police.

The comedian arrived at the courthouse Tuesday amid heightened security after a topless protester who appeared on several episodes of "The Cosby Show" as a child jumped a barricade on Monday and got within a few feet of Cosby as he entered the courthouse.

Prosecutors are lining up a parade of accusers to make the case that the man revered as "America's Dad" lived a double life as one of Hollywood's biggest predators.

And the wrangling continued on Monday.

Rochelle was intercepted by sheriff's deputies and led away in handcuffs. But the presiding judge in both trials, Steven O'Neill, has indicated he will allow her to appear this time.

"You are out here protesting for sexual assault victims and you are protesting by taking your clothing off", Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told Inside Edition.

An initial trial on the same charges ended with a hung jury last June.

In addition, at the prior trial, prosecutors called up to the stand one woman who said Cosby had previously drugged and assaulted her, as prosecutors attempted to show that Cosby had a pattern of misconduct.

Cosby's defense attorneys have argued that he and Constand had a consensual sexual relationship. If convicted of the most serious charge of aggravated indecent assault, he could face up to ten years in prison.

She added that being naked was her way of 'redefining [women's bodies] as a political tool as opposed to a sexual object'. "He was foolish, he was ridiculous, he was lonely and attracted to a younger woman, but he didn't commit any crime and you will gladly find him not guilty". Later, Jackson asked Constand if she had been assaulted.

JULY: U.S. Judge Eduardo Robreno grants the AP's motion, saying "the stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter as to which the AP - and by extension the public - has a significant interest".

He also introduced to the jury what a common scheme, plan or design and absence of mistake is, which his team plans to use in arguments to prove Cosby had a specific plan to hurt women. At least one woman feels more supported today. In 2015, she accused Cosby of drugging and raping her when he was mentoring her for a starring role on the show.

In addition to winning the acquittal of Michael Jackson in the singer's 2005 child-molestation case, Meserau famously defended Mike Tyson and Suge Knight. Jackson was not allowed to give testimony at the first trial.

Mesereau said Constand, who then worked as the director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple, capitalized on the 1997 murder of Cosby's son, Ennis, after meeting the comedian in 2002.

The first trial took just six days, with jurors deliberating for another 52 hours before deciding they could not reach a unanimous verdict. The retrial is expected to last about a month.

The woman said in an affidavit last week that the juror offered his opinion as they chatted during jury selection. Prosecutors immediately announce they'll put him on a trial a second time.

Former 'Cosby Show' actor charges at star ahead of retrial