First witness takes stand at Cosby retrial

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The opening statement for the defense is expected to talk about a settlement that was paid to the woman Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting. Speaking for nearly an hour, he repeatedly attacked the credibility of the key prosecution witness, Andrea Constand, a Canadian massage therapist who alleges she was rendered comatose and sexually assaulted by Cosby in January 2004. Some view Steele as a new D.A. looking to make a name for himself career-wise by taking on a high-profile case.

The shield has said it would attempt to portray Constand as a liar determined by means of a urge to get yourself a part of Cosby's fortune.

"It was definitely a peaceful type of protest", she said. She described Cosby as "somebody I trusted". She's jolted during this. "And she's herself being violated".

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

Cosby, meanwhile, was lonely and vulnerable, a star still mourning the death of a son, who had been murdered in 1997.

Mesereau's presentation contrasted with the more workmanlike remarks the day before by the lead prosecutor, Kevin Steele, who delivered halting, sometimes disjointed opening statement and often seemed to be searching for the right words.

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

Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

After a topless protester tried to ambush Cosby Monday morning, police have increased security measures around the suburban Philadelphia courthouse, where his case is being heard.

On her Facebook page, the actress posed in front of the NY home used during the sitcom, wearing Cosby's familiar "hello friends" shirt with the word "rapist" written across the front.

Speaking to People after her arrest, Nicolle Rochelle (above) said she felt Cosby's trial had diverged from being about alleged rape and assault to "being publicized with this narrative of race".

He also braced the jury for inconsistencies in Constand's account, reminding the panel she would be recounting an incident in which she was understandably hazy from allegedly being drugged by Cosby. Nevertheless, after her protest, another row of fences went up.

Rochelle said she lives in Paris and is a member of the European feminist group Femen. His spokesman Andrew Wyatt read a statement declaring that jurors in the trial had promised to be unbiased.

"It's a different world". She said that nothing inappropriate had happened on the set with Cosby, whom she said she liked as a young actress. Cosby's lawyers want the man removed as a juror.

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 judge will this time allow five additional accusers to give evidence, BBC correspondent Nada Tawfik reports. He told jurors that Constand was in deep financial trouble and attached all of her hopes to what she could milk from her relationship with Cosby.

There are also expected to be crucial differences in how the retrial unfolds. Al Franken, Matt Lauer and other powerful men. She is one of more than 50 women to level similar accusations against Cosby.

The retrial will be before the same judge and district attorney as the first trial. I didn't want him to just walk like, 'La-di-da, it's a normal day. But statute of limitation laws mean that only one charge has been brought to trial.

"I would challenge you to find one victim of sexual assault who is not humiliated by the fact they were sexually assaulted, who does not blame themselves in some way, and who is not deeply ashamed of it", she said.