Bill Cosby arrived at the courthouse for his second trial on Monday morning, but the drama began to unfold long before anyone entered the courtroom. A small group of protesters greeted Cosby as he exited his vehicle, chanting support for his alleged victim Andrea Constand.
One unidentified woman, naked from the waist up, vaulted over a barricade and charged at Cosby as he walked toward the courthouse. She had the words “women’s lives matter” painted on her otherwise bare chest.
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Cosby was not injured in the commotion, however, as police were able to intercept the woman before she got close enough to make contact.
Cosby’s first trial ended in a hung jury, but prosecutors are hoping that the addition of five more alleged victims to the witness list might show a pattern of behavior. Cosby is also bringing a much more aggressive defense to the table, and his attorney is expected to attack Constand as a “greedy liar.”
The #metoo movement has also cast a shadow on the case, complicating the efforts to find a fair and impartial jury. Nearly all of the jurors were aware of #metoo, and several were challenged after saying they were unsure as to whether they could separate Cosby’s case from what they knew about the widespread movement.