A topless protester lunged toward comedian Bill Cosby as he arrived for his retrial. Sheriff's deputies tackled the woman before she came in contact with Cosby. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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A topless woman lunged at comedian Bill Cosby on Monday as he arrived for the first day of his retrial on three counts of aggravated sexual assault.
What's the story?
Nicholle Rochelle, 39, who appeared in several episodes of "The Cosby Show," jumped over a barricade outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and charged toward the 80-year-old comedian.
In a video captured at the scene, Rochelle can be heard chanting, "Hey, hey, hey! Women's lives matter!"
Sheriff's deputies tackled the woman before she came in contact with Cosby.
Rochelle had the names of dozens of Cosby's sexual assault accusers written on her bare torso, along with the words "Women's Lives Matter," "Cosby Rapis[t]" and "Semen" written in red paint.
She's a member of the feminist group, Femen, which was founded in 2009, and describes itself on its website as "an international women’s movement of brave topless female activists painted with the slogans and crowned with flowers."
Deputies escorted her away in handcuffs and charged her with disorderly conduct.
What did Cosby's spokesman say?
Cosby's spokesman commended the deputies for keeping her away from him.
“You never know who’s going to want to make a name for themselves,” Andrew Wyatt told The Associated Press.
What did Rochelle tell reporters?
“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 told reporters after the incident.
Rochelle, credited as Nicole Leach, played Rudy Huxtable's friend in four episodes of "The Cosby Show" from 1990 to 1992, according to her IMDb page.
Cosby is accused of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University women’s basketball manager, at his suburban Philadelphia home in early 2004. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Cosby’s first trial ended in a mistrial on June 17.
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