Bill Cosby's Morning Interrupted by Topless Woman

Unnamed woman charges at him, is detained
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2018 8:28 AM CDT
A protester is detained as Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

(Newser) – Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial begins Monday, and its start was more dramatic than expected. A topless protester with phrases written on her arms and torso—including "Women's Lives Matter" on her chest and what Fox News reports was "Cosby" and "rapist" on her back—is in custody after the AP reports she jumped a barricade and barreled toward Cosby as he approached the Norristown, Pa., courthouse. The unnamed woman was intercepted by sheriff's deputies before reaching him. The AP characterized Cosby as "startled" but otherwise unaffected by the incident.

Though the jury he'll face bears a striking similarity to his first, the AP expects the retrial to have a wholly different flavor: It "likely won't be anything like his first one. He's fighting back with a new, high-profile lawyer and an aggressive strategy: attacking Andrea Constand as a greedy liar and casting the other women testifying as bandwagon accusers looking for a share of the spotlight."

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