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Topless Protester Charges At Bill Cosby Before His Sexual-Assault Retrial

Topless Protester Charges At Bill Cosby Before His Sexual-Assault Retrial

by | 11th April 2018

A topless protester who charged at Bill Cosby as he arrived at court Monday morning was identified as Nicolle Rochelle, a 39-year-old actress who appeared in four episodes of “The Cosby Show.”

 

According to the Associated Press, Rochelle jumped over a barricade outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in suburban Philadelphia and got within a few feet of Bill Cosby, 80, who has been charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. Rochelle, was obstructed by sheriff’s deputies and charged with disorderly conduct.

 

Rochelle had written on her body the words “Women’s Lives Matter” and names of some of the women Cosby had allegedly raped.

 

Speaking to People, Rochelle said:

 

“My action today was first and foremost an action lead by the group I joined in Europe about a year and half ago called Femen. Femen is an international Women’s movement of topless female activists painted with slogans and our mission is protesting the patriarchy and reclaiming our bodies.

 

Protesting Bill Cosby was important for us because he is a man who has been disempowering women’s bodies for decades and in being naked today, I was symbolically taking back the ownership of all the victims’ bodies and redefining it as a political tool as opposed to a sexual object.

 

When I was 12 years old I did recur on the Cosby Show but regardless of whether I had been on the show or not, I would have been there today protesting on behalf of Femen and for the rights of women worldwide.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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