Bill Cosby Prosecutors Open Retrial Detailing Investigation

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs after the first day of his retrial for his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pennsylvania on Monday

The opening statements in Bill Cosby's trial started with one powerful detail that has been a secret since Bill was first accused of drugging and sexually assaulting numerous women. The case was declared a mistrial a year ago after the jury failed to reach a verdict following six days of deliberation.

The now 80-year-old Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004.

At the time of the alleged assault, Constand was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees.

Prosecutors and the defense gave their opening statements on Monday afternoon, and the prosecution revealed that Cosby had paid Constand almost $3.4 million in 2006 to settle her claim that Cosby had drugged and molested her. Prosecutors argued that he would not have paid out so much money unless he had a reason to.

Cosby's lawyers said in court documents Monday that Chelan Lasha's 2007 guilty plea for making a false report to Arizona law enforcement is vital to assessing her credibility.

Although parts of that settlement have been made public - including Cosby's admission that he got prescription sedatives to give to women he wanted to have sex with - the price tag of that agreement had remained a secret.

Crucial to his case is O'Neill's decision to allow testimony from a former co-worker who alleges that Constand schemed against Cosby.

Rochelle was photographed topless outside the courthouse, with the words "Women's Lives Matter" and the first names of Cosby accusers painted on her chest and arms. She was later charged with disorderly conduct, according to PEOPLE.

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A Bill Cosby accuser's lawyer says the defence is trying to smear the woman by bringing up her criminal past. Last June, Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial when jurors could not come to a unanimous verdict on any of the charges against Cosby. She was thrown to the ground and cuffed by police and taken into custody.

Before the court hearing in Pennsylvania in the case of actor bill Cosby, protester, dressed only in the trousers, rushed in front of Cosby with the words "women's Lives matter".

Bill Cosby paid almost $3.4 million to a woman who accused him of sexual assault to stop her speaking about the allegations, a court heard yesterday.

The anticipated opening of Cosby's retrial in a Pennsylvania courthouse was delayed for several hours on Monday due to a potential issue with a juror. "After all, I don't know what Invoice Cosby was considering however I might hope that he stops for a minute and take into consideration his personal fact".

The testimony of Constand will be central to the retrial - as it was in the first trial.

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.

Cosby's retrial is expected to be a month long.

A seven-man, five-woman jury was selected last week. "Like, that would have been me, I may've undergone the abuse as nicely", she says.

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