Topless Protester Arrested at Bill Cosby Retrial
Published Apr 09, 2018Today marked the first day of the Bill Cosby retrial, where the disgraced comedian is facing three counts of sexual assault for allegedly drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand. But things heated up before Cosby could even enter the courtroom thanks to a topless protester.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released, ran through the crowd outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, PA.
According to eyewitnesses, she hopped a barricade and removed her shirt. She had written pointed words and phrases across her body, including "rapist," "Cosby" and "women's lives matter."
The woman was tackled and arrested.
UPDATE (3:20 p.m. EDT): The woman was former Cosby Show actress Nicole Rochelle. According to Deadline, she told reporters, "The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women.... I had a great experience on the show so I was very hurt by the fact that he did this for so many years. It felt personal to me."
Watch footage of her protest below.