Actor-comedian Bill Cosby is facing sexual assault allegations in a retrial that began Monday. A former Cosby Show actress began protesting outside of the Pennsylvania courthouse where the trial is taking place, becoming so rowdy she was charged with disorderly conduct.
People reports: Nicolle Rochelle, 39, was arrested and charged “with Disorderly Conduct after she entered a restricted area on the grounds of the Montgomery County Courthouse at 8:35 a.m., when the defendant, William H. Cosby Jr., was arriving for court,” the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release on Monday.
Rochelle, who had the words “Women’s Lives Matter” as well as the names of some of the 80-year-old actor’s accusers written on her topless body, was arrested after jumping over a barricade and trying to make her way toward Cosby, according to Page Six. The outlet also reported that since her arrest, Rochelle had been released.
The report continues: Rochelle was “charged with summary Disorderly Conduct, Title 18, Section 5503(A4), which is defined as ‘the intent to cause a public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm or recklessly creating a risk thereof,’ ” according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Images and a video of Rochelle’s display may be seen below.
“The main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable.”
— ITV News (@itvnews) April 9, 2018
Nicolle Rochelle charged topless at Bill Cosby as he was heading into court: She had victims’ names and phrases like “women’s lives matter” painted across her body. https://t.co/9en4G4mXzQ
— E! News (@enews) April 9, 2018
It turns out the topless protestor who confronted Bill Cosby as he walked into his sexual assault trial is Nicolle Rochelle, an actress who actually appeared on four episodes of “The Cosby Show.” https://t.co/rI1ExlYIw7
— The Blast (@TheBlastNews) April 9, 2018
UPDATE: Nicolle Rochelle, an actress who appeared on four episodes of “The Cosby Show” in the early ’90s, was charged with disorderly conduct after jumping over a barricade at Bill Cosby this morning. https://t.co/Uk3CiVXJtq
— The Temple News (@TheTempleNews) April 9, 2018
Nicolle Rochelle, is a member of Femen, a European feminist group known for their topless protests. https://t.co/tujFjxWsWR
— The Root (@TheRoot) April 9, 2018
Nicolle Rochelle has been released without charges. “I was contesting a woman’s body as being constantly sexualized… women are not going to passively lie down and let this man walk by without being uncomfortable.” #CosbyTrial pic.twitter.com/7uPXoyIflb
— Caroline Heldman (@carolineheldman) April 9, 2018
The woman who was arrested for protesting topless outside the Bill Cosby trial, Nicolle Rochelle, made several appearances on The Cosby Show in the early 90s.
Montgomery County DA release below from @CJRosenbaum
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) April 9, 2018
yeah. that’s definitely her. WOW. https://t.co/0fsSka8D1g
— ✨Smoky Quartz✨ (@_teamJadaa) April 9, 2018
Here is protester Nicolle Rochelle who was arrested today for her topless protest as Cosby walked into court. She used to appear on Cosby show, and she stands here in front of a building featured in show. #CosbyTrial pic.twitter.com/DLfNezSDT5
— Bobby Allyn (@BobbyAllyn) April 9, 2018