Jury selection begins Monday in a new trial against Bill Cosby—a trial that could be one of the last legal proceedings the once beloved comedian faces.
Judy Huth (the plaintiff) claims Cosby touched her 50 years ago while she was still a teenager at Los Angeles’ Playboy Mansion. She’s now suing him for sexual battery in a civil case. All the accusations have been refuted by him.
Huth first filed her suit in 2014 when dozens of allegations against Cosby surfaced. However, once he was arrested in 2015 for sex crimes, Huth’s and other civil cases were put on hold.
Last year, Cosby’s 2018 criminal conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Now Huth’s lawsuit is back in court, after Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan said that the case can move forward. Here’s what to know.
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Judy Huth, who are you?
Huth (64) was still a young girl when she first met Cosby, who was in Los Angeles filming a movie. Although initial court filings stated that Huth was 15, and the incident occurred in 1974, Huth claims that Huth was 16, according to a recent court filing. Cosby invited Huth and her friend to join his tennis club.
According to Huth’s claim, the three of them played billiards and Cosby also gave them alcohol, before later bringing them to the Playboy Mansion. Huth says that Cosby made Huth sit on his bed next to her and sexually abused her.
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What makes this suit any different to the case against Cosby in criminal court?
Among the more than 60 accusations levied against Cosby, Huth’s is the only case that alleges child abuse. Her case is the final civil suit that Cosby will face. All other cases were settled outside of court or dropped.
New Jersey is currently hearing another civil suit. Lili Bernard was the one who took part in this case. The Cosby ShowThe suit claimed that Cosby raped and drugged her in Atlantic City, 1990.
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Bill Cosby, Judy Huth to testify?
Cosby will not be required to appear at this trial. Cosby gave a deposition that was videotaped around the time the case first came up.
Cosby’s legal team tried to have the Huth case dismissed or delayed due to the change in her story but the judge denied that.
“It’s not fair,” Cosby’s lawyer Jennifer Bonjean has said. “It’s called trial by ambush.”
Due to the issues that Cosby’s team raised about the change in the story, Judge Karlan also ordered Huth and another witness to be deposed.
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