A topless protester who charged at Bill Cosby as he arrived at his sexual-assault retrial Monday morning has been identified as Nicolle Rochelle,a 39-year-old actress who appeared in four episodes of “The Cosby Show”.
The Associated Press reports that Rochelle jumped over a barricade outside the Montgomery County Couthouse in suburban Philadephia and got within a few feet of the comedian, 80, who has been charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.Rochelle, a resident of Little Falls,N.J.,was obstructed by sherriff’s deputies and charged with disorderly conduct.
Rochelle belongs to Femen, an international feminist group who name she had written on her torso in paint alongside the phrases “Women’s Lives Matter” and “Cosby Rapis(t)” and the names of more than 50 Cosby accussers.Femen leader Inna Shevchenko told the AP that Rochelle was defending the alleged victims and called her protest the group’s contribution to the global revolt launched by #MeToo”.
In an interview over speakerphone from the Norristown hotel,topless protester Nicolle Rochelle said her goal was to “make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women….I wanted to show him that I was not disempowered.”
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Femen was founded in Ukraine in 2009,and its members have protested,often topless,against people and institutions that they believe oppress women.Last summer,two women interrupted Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band’s concert in Germany and reportedly yelled,”stop the culture of silence”highlighting allegations that Allen abused his daughter,Dylan Farrow when she was a child.
Rochelle, credited as Nicole Leach,played a friend of Rudy’s on “The Cosby Show”.She also starred in Children’s prrograms “Shining Time Station,”The Baby-sitters club” and “clarissa Explains It All”in the 1990s.Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt commended the deputies for intercepting Rochelle and told the AP,”You never know who’s going to want to make a name for themselves”.
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Reported by SONIA RAO,April 9 at 2:02pm.