Bill Cosby trial delayed over juror probe

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He has pleaded not guilty. "In honor of the first day of the Bill Cosby retrial, I went by the address where they filmed The Cosby Show exterior in New York City..."

Cosby has said the encounters were consensual.

Andrea Constand, 44, has accused the once-beloved father from "The Cosby Show" of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004.

The prosecutor also pointed to testimony that Cosby himself gave under oath in 2006 in a deposition to lawyers in the civil suit with Constand.

Bill Cosby leaves the courthouse after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case on April 3, 2017. Right when Cosby exited his vehicle, she ripped off her jacket and rushed toward the actor. Then Cosby was back on his way to meet the men and women who will decide his fate.

Ossorio protested at Cosby's first trial last June, which ended in a deadlocked jury.

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She jumped over a crowd barrier outside the courthouse and yelled "Women's lives matter" before being wrestled to the ground by courthouse deputies about ten yards in front of Cosby as he walked toward the building's front doors. The defence will nearly certainly attack her credibility with questions about why she maintained contact with Cosby after the encounter and why she took a year to come forward to police, both issues Cosby's lawyers raised in the first trial. Rochelle, who was charged with disorderly conduct, appeared in four episodes of "The Cosby Show" between 1990 and 1992, according to Fox News. After a minor delay, he proceeded into court where opening arguments were due to take place after pretrial issues were resolved. Defense attorneys on Friday filed a motion to dismiss one juror.

The others were aspiring actresses, models and a bartender when they say they were assaulted by Mr Cosby between 1982 and 1989.

But much else about this second trial will be different, starting with how the prosecution will present its case.

His first trial previous year ended with a hung jury.

The retrial, comes after the recent rise of a women's movement condemning some men in the entertainment business.

Mr Cosby has always been considered a Hollywood trailblazer for African Americans. He is facing up to 10 years behind bars if found guilty.

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A lawyer not associated with the trial said Monday the settlement amount could figure prominently in the prosecution's case.

This kind of topless protest seems to be the preferred tactic for Femen members; last summer, they crashed Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band performance in Germany with shouts to "stop the culture of silence". The judge barred her at the first trial.

It was recently revealed that Janice Dickinson will be among those called to testify at the retrial.

"This is really about showing her that it's important to support women and really support their bravery and their courage to tell their story", McCue said.

After questioning the 12 jurors and six alternates behind closed doors, O'Neill ruled the juror could stay, saying all the jurors reaffirmed their pledge to remain fair and impartial.

The defence team has also changed, now headed by Los Angeles celebrity import Tom Mesereau, with his distinctive mane of thick white hair, known for getting Michael Jackson acquitted of child molestation. The judge allowed just one other complainant to take the stand last time.

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