Cosby seemed startled by the commotion as protesters chanted at him, but he was not touched and is uninjured.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele had the first chance to reveal the eye-popping sum to jurors Monday and hopes it will convince them Cosby made the substantial payment after calculating Constand likely would have prevailed had her civil lawsuit gone to trial.
She later said she didn't have any bad experiences with Cosby on the show, but wanted to make him "uncomfortable" as he had done to so many women. As Hollywood Life reported, before Rochelle turned to activism, she was an actress who made a series of appearances on The Cosby Show. She is a member of the European feminist group Femen, which is known for staging topless protests around the world.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt praised deputies for their quick action but urged court officials to increase security.
Before the trial proper began, the courthouse was momentarily engulfed in drama of another sort: a black female protester who ran towards the entrance of the building topless, with "Women's Lives Matter" scrawled in red paint across her chest. His is the first high-profile sexual assault trial of the #MeToo era, and experts are watching to see what effect the eruption of accusations of harassment and assault against prominent men may have on the trial and on jurors' attitudes toward sexual assault. Cosby's lawyers want the juror removed from the case.
Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial reminded jurors Monday to heed the fallen funnyman's own admission he is a "dirty old man" and that he gave pills to accuser Andrea Constand. The amount of that settlement has long remained confidential, and both sides are now expected to try to use the settlement to their advantage. Cosby has denied the charges.
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.
Constand is a former Temple University employee who was working for the women's basketball team there when she met Cosby.
The retrial takes place in the light of the #MeToo movement, which has raised awareness of alleged sexual misconduct by a number of powerful media figures.
Almost every potential juror questioned for the case this time knew about #MeToo. The judge reviewed the motion with the defense and prosecution for most of the morning but allowed juror 11 to stay on the panel.
"What concerns me is that you're out here protesting - and you have a right to protest for sexual assault victims - and you protest by taking your clothes off".
Judge Steven O'Neill has agreed to let five other Cosby accusers testify, compared to just one the last time, handing a major victory to prosecutors, who will seek to paint Cosby as a serial predator.
"This one will be harder for the defense", Levenson said. Laurie Levenson of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles said. This time, Constand "is not alone, and there is strength in numbers".
His lawyers say Mr Cosby and Ms Constand shared a romantic relationship. In this case, the jury will also be privy to the amount of money Cosby paid Constand when they originally settled the case.
The testimony of Constand will be central to the retrial - as it was in the first trial. He also handed a win to the defence in allowing testimony from a former co-worker who alleges that Constand schemed against Cosby.