Bill Cosby will face a second jury of his peers in 10 months on Monday as his retrial for alleged sexual assault gets under way in a Pennsylvania court.
In what is likely to be remembered as the first major celebrity trial of the #Me Too era, the TV comic will return to the Montgomery county court of common pleas in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on three charges of aggravated indecent assault dating back to 2004.
His first trial collapsed last June after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
Much has happened in the intervening months, not least the explosion on social media of the #Me Too movement prompted by revelations of sexual harassment and assault involving prominent men in Hollywood, the media, politics and many other walks of life.
He has been accused by more than 50 women of sexual assault, though he denies the claims.Both his trials have focused on a single individual – Andrea Constand, a Canadian massage therapist who forms the center of the prosecution case.She alleges that in 2004, when she was helping run the women’s basketball team in Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, he invited her round to his home outside Philadelphia.Her defense team said it would reveal that information only behind closed doors with the judge.Prosecutors objected, wanting to know whether there might be a conflict of interest, and if the Adelson family was involved.Jurors were told she knew what chemicals were needed to make a bomb.