In an incident that was captured on video (watch it below), a topless woman charged into the group bringing Bill Cosby to his trial as it opened today. USA Today reports that the woman “jumped a barricade and tried to ambush the comedian as he entered the Montgomery County Courthouse in the suburban Philadelphia enclave of Norristown.”
The protester was identified by the district attorney’s office as Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, N.J.
“She’s an actress who made multiple appearances in the final seasons of ‘The Cosby Show’ between 1990 and 1992, according to Rochelle’s IMDb page, which also lists her age as 38,” USA Today notes.
Rochelle reportedly had the phrase “Women’s Lives Matter” written in red ink across her torso, along with a number of other messages.
After the incident, Rochelle was quoted telling 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.”
USA Today adds: “Rochelle got within a few feet of Cosby but sheriff’s deputies intercepted her before she could reach him, taking her into custody and leading her away in handcuffs. She was charged with disorderly conduct and released. (If convicted, she would face a fine and court costs, Edward McCann Jr., first assistant district attorney, said in a press release.)”
Here’s a video of the incident, posted by USA Today …