Woman Who Protested Topless Outside Bill Cosby Trial Is Former “Cosby Show Actress”
Plot twist! If you hadn’t already heard, the topless woman who charged toward Bill Cosby Monday morning outside the courthouse in Norristown, PA is an actress who appeared in four episodes of “The Cosby Show.”
Rochelle, 38, was arrested and charged with summary disorderly conduct after jumping a barricade around 8:35 am, then running toward Cosby while yelling “Women’s Lives Matter” and “Bill Cosby Is A Rapist.” Rochelle also had the words written on her bare chest and back as well as some of the first names of some of Cosby’s alleged victims, including Andrea Constand, whom Cosby is accused of drugging and assaulting in 2004. Cosby, who was walking with his publicist Andrew Wyatt, was unharmed.
According to Page Six reports, Rochelle appeared alongside Cosby in minor roles on “The Cosby Show” between 1990 and 1992, under the name Nicole Leach, according to her IMDb page. She also appeared on “Chappelle’s Show,” “Law & Order” and “NYPD Blue” in small roles.
The former actress faces no jail time but could be fined.
Rochelle has been outspoken about the allegations against Cosby in the past:
In a photo posted on Facebook, she wears Cosby’s “Hello Friend” hoodie — but with the word “friend” crossed out and replaced with “rapist.”
“In honor of the first day of the Bill Cosby retrial, I went by the address where they filmed The Cosby Show exterior in New York City,” Rochelle captioned the photo. “LET’S HOPE JUSTICE WILL FINALLY BE SERVED!”
Wyatt urged court officials to increase security after the incident.
“It’s a different world. Things have changed,” Wyatt said, referring to recent mass shootings and other episodes. “You never know who’s going to want to make a name for themselves.”
Ha! It’s “A Different World” alright.
39 year old actress #NicolleRochelle, who starred as #JessiRamsey on #BabySittersClub protested outside of #BillCosby's trial at a #Norristown, #Pennsylvania courthouse. Rochelle, who reportedly appeared on #TheCosbyShow when she was around 11-12 years old, is a member of the #European #feminist group #Femen, which is known for staging topless protests around the world. She reportedly stated, “the main goal was to make Cosby uncomfortable because that is exactly what he has been doing for decades to women and to show him that the body can be aggressive and empowered,” she said afterward, according to the Associated Press.
@nicollerochelle #NicolleRochelle, who had the words “Women’s Lives Matter” as well as the names of some of the 80-year-old actor’s accusers written on her topless body, was arrested after jumping over a barricade and trying to make her way toward #BillCosby while he was making his way into court, she got within a few feet of the comedian before being tackled to the ground. She has since been released The actress states "My 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" You many remember her as Rudy's friend on "The Cosby Show" under the name Nicole Leach between 1990 and 1992, and has also appeared on Law & Order and Clarissa Explains it All.
Hit the flip for video of the incident.