Prosecutor says Cosby paid accuser almost $3.4 mln in a civil suit

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"This case is about trust, " Steele told the jury.

"This case is about betrayal, and that betrayal leading to the sexual assault of a woman named Andrea Constand", he said. "Things have changed", Wyatt told The Associated Press, referring to recent mass shootings and other episodes.

"She's unconscious. She's out of it".

Getting her start as a child actress, she first appeared on the children's television program Shining Time Station from 1989 to 1991. She's unconscious, she's jolted.

Opening statements could be delayed while O'Neill sorts out allegations raised late Friday that a juror was heard saying he thought Cosby was guilty.

Cosby's lawyers, however, say they are anxious that the barrage of publicity surrounding other bad-behaving men will lead jurors to lump Cosby in with the others, making it tougher for him to receive a fair trial.

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Cosby also has new attorneys for this trial.

Bill Cosby arrives for the first day of his retrial as police detain a protester nearby.

A topless protester who jumped a barricade and got within a few feet of Bill Cosby as he walked into a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for his sexual assault retrial has been taken into custody.

Ms Rochelle (39) of Little Falls, New Jersey, appeared in four episodes of The Cosby Show from 1990-1992, playing the characters Danielle and Davina while credited as Nicole Leach. Jezebel reports that she was not aiming for Cosby, but rather for the news cameras in front of him. That media obsession and the members' use of their breasts as a protest tool have drawn criticism from feminist groups and others who see Femen protests as a distraction.

After she was wrestled to the ground and taken away in handcuffs, Rochelle was charged with disorderly conduct and released. "I wanted to say my piece", Rochelle added. "It was a peaceful demonstration, but I wanted him to feel uncomfortable".

She went on: 'When I was 12 years old I did recur on the Cosby Show but regardless of whether I had been on the show or not, I would have been there today protesting on behalf of Femen and for the rights of women worldwide'. She said that nothing inappropriate had happened on the set with Cosby.

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The judge also decided the jury can hear the answer to one of the biggest questions hanging over the case: How much did Cosby pay Constand to settle her lawsuit against him more than a decade ago? Constand then sued Cosby in civil court and the parties settled in 2006.

There are also expected to be crucial differences in how the retrial unfolds.

Prosecutors will be able to seek testimony from up to five women who say Cosby drugged and assaulted them.

The judge ruled the amount could be discussed in this case, although it was not in the last, which ended in a hung jury.

The testimony of the adviser, Marguerite Jackson, 56, was barred during the first trial when Constand testified that she did not know Jackson.

Claire McCue, a protester from Brooklyn and a professor of social work in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, brought her daughter, who is in elementary school, with her to the protest.

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Cosby, who was lauded as a hero by African Americans and revered by whites for smashing through racial barriers, is best remembered for his role as Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show".

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