Celebrity News

Cosby Trial Day 1: Comedian Allegedly Paid Accuser $3.4 Million in 2006
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Summary: Monday was the first day of the Bill Cosby criminal retrial. 

Monday was the beginning of the Bill Cosby criminal retrial, and USA Today said that a prosecutor revealed that an accuser had been paid nearly $3.4 million almost a dozen years ago to settle her sexual assault claim.

  
What
Where


Cosby, the star of the beloved 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting dozens of women over several decades, and he is facing a criminal trial over the alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand.

Constand said she met Cosby at his home in 2004 and that the TV star drugged and then sexually assaulted her when she was unconscious. Constand, a former Temple University employee, privately settled the dispute for a previously undisclosed sum in 2006, but in 2016, a Pennsylvania prosecutor decided to try Cosby for criminal charges for the alleged incident.

Constand’s case is the only criminal case that was able to be prosecuted under various states’ statute of limitations, but Cosby is facing numerous civil cases from women who said that he had defamed their characters when he denied their rape charges.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Cosby’s first criminal trial was last year, and it resulted in a hung jury.

Cosby’s high profile retrial started off with spectacle when a topless anti-Cosby protestor appeared, causing a flurry of attention. Media outlets stated later that the protestor was Nicolle Rochelle, 39, who had appeared on the Cosby Show between 1990 and 1992. She was later charged with disorderly conduct, according to PEOPLE.



“The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women, and to show him that the body can be aggressive and empowered,” Rochelle said.

Prosecutors and the defense gave their opening statements on Monday afternoon, and the prosecution revealed that Cosby had paid Constand nearly $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 claimed that the sex he had with Constand was consensual, and at his first trial, his lawyers argued that Constand had continued a professional relationship with him after the alleged incident, causing doubt of her credibility in the minds of some jurors.

USA Today said that the majority of Monday’s trial was spent behind closed doors discussing whether or not a member of the juror had improperly blabbed about the case before the trial started. After hours of debate and questioning, Judge Steven O’Neill of Norristown, Pennsylvania allowed this juror to stay, ruling he believed the juror could maintain impartiality and fairness.

What do you think of the Cosby retrial? Let us know in the comments below.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Senior Labor and Employment Attorney

USA-CA-Mountain View

Mountain View office of our client seeks senior labor and employment attorney with 4+ years of exper...

Apply Now

Mid-Level Corporate Associate

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks mid-level corporate associate with 3 years of experience. T...

Apply Now

Junior to Mid-Level Corporate Associate

USA-WA-Seattle

Seattle office of our client seeks junior to mid-level corporate associate with 2 years of experienc...

Apply Now

Litigation Labor and Employment Associate

USA-CA-Sacramento

Sacramento office of our client seeks labor associate with 2-4 years of employment litigation experi...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Full-Time Associate Attorney (Work From Home - New Jersey)

USA-NJ-Sewell

Virtual “New Jersey” Law firm seeks a full-time Associate Attorney to join our growing p...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN BOUTIQUE FIRM SEEKS ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY FOR IMMEDIATE HIRE. Must bring book of b...

Apply now

Experienced Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

Small, dynamic, highly successful firm, with a focus on commercial and entertainment litigation, see...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-SC-Gaffney

Established small niche firm seeks attorney Guardian ad Litem licensed to practice law in the state ...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top