Bill Cosby, center, leaves his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.

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Defense Makes Opening Statement On Second Day Of Cosby Retrial

April 10, 2018 - 12:00 pm
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 NORRISTOWN, Pa. (1010 WINS/AP) -- Comedian Bill Cosby arrived for the second day of his sexual assault retrial amid heightened security.
 
 Security was stepped up on Tuesday outside of the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia after a topless protester jumped over a barricade on Monday and ran toward Cosby.
 
 Cosby was escorted into the courthouse by an attorney and his spokesman and surrounded by five sheriff's deputies.
 
 Another row of barricades was also added to the walkway.
 
Monday's protester did not reach Cosby and he was unharmed. She was a member of a European feminist group known for staging topless protests and appeared as a child on "The Cosby Show.''

Cosby's lawyer Tom Mesereau presented his opening statements, calling accuser Andrea Constand a con artist who was 'madly in love' with Cosby's fame and money. He said she took advantage of Cosby's grief and loneliness over his son's murder to gain his trust before framing him for sexual assault.

He said Constand hit the jackpot when Cosby paid her $3.4 million to settle a civil lawsuit over allegations that he drugged and molested her in 2004.
 
Prosecutors opened the retrial on Monday in suburban Philadelphia with an answer to one of the case's biggest questions. But they failed to make clear why jurors should care that the comedian paid the settlement to Constand.
 
Mesereau has indicated he intends to use the settlement to argue that Constand falsely accused Cosby in hopes of landing a big payoff.
 
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.