Topless Protester Launches Herself at Bill Cosby at Retrial

A topless protester launched herself at Bill Cosby as he arrived for a retrial on sexual assault charges.

The woman had “Women’s Lives Matter” written in red ink on her chest and stomach, and other phrases in red and black all over her body.

She was intercepted by police as she jumped over a barricade outside the courthouse in Philadelphia.

The protester is led away by police

Cosby, 80, appeared startled but was untouched and uninjured.

He was led into the courthouse as the woman was led away in handcuffs.

She was among about half a dozen people showing support for Cosby’s accuser, Andrea Constand.

The protester was stopped by police

Ms Constand alleges that the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004 when she was director of women’s basketball at Temple University.

A judge has ruled that as many as five other women can testify alongside her.

The TV star, who is facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault, denies the accusations against him and claims the relationship with Mrs Constand was consensual.

Bill Cosby watches as a protester struggles with police

An earlier trial, in which Cosby faced the same accuser, ended last June in a hung jury.

Cosby is represented this time by a new lawyer, Tom Mesereau, who helped get Michael Jackson acquitted when he was accused of child molesting.

Protesters outside the courthouse in Philadelphia

The defence team will be able to call on a witness who claims Mrs Constand talked about framing a celebrity and was motivated by money.

Mr Mesereau is expected to focus on the amount Mrs Constand was paid when she reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit in 2005.

The figure has never been disclosed.