Topless ‘Cosby Show’ Actress Issues Statement, Explains Intent To Use Nudity ‘As A Political Tool’

The topless woman who charged at Bill Cosby Monday morning as he arrived at a Pennsylvania courthouse ahead of his sexual assault retrial previously appeared on “The Cosby Show”, it’s been revealed.

According to Fox News, the district attorney’s office has now identified the protester as Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, New Jersey.

It claims Rochelle was charged with disorderly conduct and if convicted, will be assessed a fine and have to pay court costs.

The actress, who is said to have starred in four episodes of Cosby’s show between 1990 and 1992, had the words “Women’s Lives Matter” written in red ink across her chest when she jumped the barrier to get to the disgraced star to accost him.

The woman was then thrown to the ground by police, handcuffed, and taken into custody. She was one of several in attendance shouting abuse at Cosby in support of his accuser.

Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters outside the courthouse: “He can’t see so it didn’t affect him at all. What concerns me is that you’re out here protesting –and you have right to protest for sexual assault victims — and you protest by taking your clothes off.”

“What kind of message does that send? So I don’t think she solved anything for herself or for the cause that they’re out there marching for or protesting about. So I think it was a shame, it was sad, it was in poor taste.”

A topless protester charged at Bill Cosby on Monday
A topless protester charged at Bill Cosby on Monday — Getty

Following her arrest, Rochelle issued a statement explaining she’s a member of an international women’s movement called Femen, in which “topless female activists painted with slogans” are “protesting the patriarchy and reclaiming our bodies.”

 

Cosby, accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004, is thought to have walked back to his car to let the commotion die down before heading back out.

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The comedian, who has consistently denied all allegations against him, was said to have appeared startled by the ordeal but was not touched or injured.

The woman in question was escorted out by police
The woman in question was escorted out by police — Reuters

It was recently revealed that Janice Dickinson will be among those called to testify at the retrial. Entertainment Tonight reported the 63-year-old model is one of five additional accusers who will be called to the stand to give evidence.

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Over 50 women have now come out with allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault against Cosby over the last four years.

The star pleaded not guilty to the charges made against him before his first trial last year. On June 17, 2017, Judge O’Neill declared a mistrial after jurors said they were deadlocked after five days of deliberations.

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