>> Topless protestors and courtroom outbursts. Women at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial are shattering courtroom decorum. Unafraid to speak, dress, or undress in ways that combat, if not Cosby himself, the broader issue of sexual violence against women. Reuters correspondent Barbara Goldberg. Typically, at a trial, there is a certain decorum that is sometimes even ordered by the court.
You have to really behave and you have to really be quiet and let the judge run the show. And really, that's not happening this time around. On day one, Michelle Rochelle, a former child actor who appeared on the Cosby Show, leaped over a barricade and toward Cosby. The names of dozens of his accusers scrawled across her bare chest.
The shocking disruption forcing the judge to order public bystanders be moved further from the courthouse. Another protestor donned the now-iconic red costume from the Handmaid's Tale, evoking its theme of misogyny. Inside the courtroom, accuser Chelan Lasha turned the witness stand into a bully pulpit. When she blurted, quote, you know what you did, don't you Mr. Cosby?
Prompting the defense to ask for a mistrial for potentially swaying the jury. A request the judge denied, though he did issue a warning to Lasha. Against the backdrop of the Me Too movement, Cosby is being retried for allegedly drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.
His first trial ended with a hung jury, Cosby denies the claims. The Me Too movement has definitely been part of this case. Even in jury selection, the judge asked these potential jurors what their response to the Me Too movement was, because it has been so pervasive. Even neighboring businesses have broken with convention.
A coffee shop across the street slipping sleeves on its cups that say, believe and support survivors.