Nicolle Rochelle, the woman who executed a memorable protest at Bill Cosby’s retrial on Monday, has a past history with the fallen actor—but it’s not what you may think.
Rochelle, 39, jumped a police barricade as Cosby walked by, on his way into a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for opening arguments. The performer, once known as “America’s dad,” stands accused of sexual assault.
The Little Falls, New Jersey native was topless. Written on her chest were the names of dozens of women who accused the 80-year-old actor of drugging and sexually molesting them. Also emblazoned on her body was the words “Women’s Lives Matter.”
It turns out that Rochelle appeared on several episodes of “The Cosby Show” as a child, according to IMDb.
Rochelle didn’t have any negative encounters with Cosby as a child on the show, the actress told the Associated Press.
“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 stated.
Rochelle is a member of the European-based feminist group Femen, the news outlet reported. Femen is an international women’s movement that deploys “brave topless female activists painted with the slogans” to protest and raise awareness, according to the organization’s website.
In addition to “The Cosby Show,” her acting credits include “Shining Time Station” (1989), “Tales from the Darkside: The Movie” (1990) and “Someone Like You” (2001). She’s also portrayed Josephine Baker on the Paris stage to critical acclaim.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Rochelle and led her away in handcuffs. Authorities charged her with disorderly conduct before releasing the actress.