first trial last spring ended with jurors unable to reach a unanimous verdict after five days of tense deliberations on charges that the comedian had drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
"She's unconscious. She's out of it", Steele said.
Cosby did not take the stand at the first trial and is unlikely to do so this time. She's jolted during this. "This is hours after this starts".
Opening statements were delayed Monday after the defense team moved to strike one juror, who was allegedly overheard saying: "I just think he's guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here". There are also six alternates for the retrial.
The amount had been confidential - and was kept out of the first trial - but a judge ruled that both sides could discuss it at this one.
The woman ran into a crowd of onlookers outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Monday morning. Also, she previously starred in several episodes of The Cosby Show as a child.
"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 DA's office noted in a statement announcing the charges.
He added that her act of protest was in "poor taste". "I wanted to show him that I was not disempowered".
Even if Cosby is acquitted, he will never win back his reputation, crisis communications expert David La Torre said.
The actor, who starred in the 1980s TV series The Cosby Show, has faced allegations from dozens of other women but has denied them all.
Cosby's team will pick up with their opening arguments on Tuesday, but the settlement revelation capped off a wild first day of Cosby's retrial.
Observers expect a dramatically different trial.
Kristen Houser of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center said that could help prosecutors overcome the skepticism some jurors had last time about Constand's yearlong wait to report her allegations to the police. This time, Judge Steven T. O'Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas is allowing prosecutors to present the accounts of five additional women with similar accusations.
That includes the sex industry, religious institutions and far-right politicians who pursue "strategies of division of society, hate, xenophobia and threaten women's freedoms", she said.
Her case is the only one that has resulted in a criminal prosecution because the others were too old under the statute of limitations.
Cosby's lawyers have claimed that he had a consensual sexual relationship with Constand, a former employee at Temple University, where Cosby was once a member of the Board of Trustees. Last month the defense first demanded O'Neill recuse himself as judge, arguing in court papers that he could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who has described herself as an "advocate for assault victims". But the defense has since brought forward two former Temple colleagues of Constand's who said she knew Jackson.
She later appeared on The Cosby Show for four episodes from 1990 to 1992, playing the role of Danielle, one of the friends of Bill Cosby's onscreen daughter Rudy.