As the Bill Cosby retrial opened today, a prosecutor said Cosby paid the woman he is accused of sexually assaulting almost $3.4 million, the AP reports, noting that the size of the payment answers one of the biggest questions surrounding the case.
“District Attorney Kevin Steele highlighted the 2006 civil settlement during his opening statement, in an apparent attempt to suggest Cosby wouldn’t have paid out so much money if the accusations against him were false,” the AP reports. “Cosby’s lawyers have signaled they intend to use the settlement to argue that Andrea Constand falsely accused the former TV star in hopes of landing a big payoff.”
The report notes that the amount of the payout had been confidential, and was kept out of Cosby’s first trial.
As we reported earlier today, a topless woman staged a protest as Cosby and others were arriving for the trial today. The protester, Nicolle Rochelle — an actress who had reportedly appeared on “The Cosby Show” — had “Women’s Lives Matter” and other messages written on her body.
The incident was captured on video, which can be seen by clicking here.