NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Bill Cosby‘s sexual assault retrial likely won’t be anything like his first one.
The first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era begins on Monday in suburban Philadelphia with opening statements.
The 80-year-old former TV star is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004.
Prosecutors are lining up a parade of accusers to make the case that the man revered as “America’s Dad” lived a double life as one of Hollywood’s biggest predators.
Cosby is fighting back with a new, high-profile lawyer and an aggressive strategy.
They’re attacking Andrea Constand as a greedy liar and casting the other women testifying as bandwagon accusers looking for a share of the spotlight.
A topless protester has been taken into custody after charging at Cosby as he walked into the courthouse.
The woman jumped over a barricade Monday and launched toward Cosby but was intercepted by sheriff’s deputies.
Cosby seemed startled by the commotion as protesters chanted at him, but was not touched and is uninjured.
He was led into the courthouse after the woman was led away in handcuffs.
She was among about a half dozen people chanting in support of Cosby’s accuser. She had “Women’s Lives Matters” written in red ink on her chest and stomach along with other phrases in black and red all over her body.
Cosby’s first trial last spring ended in a hung jury.
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