Bill Cosby became one of history’s most controversial figures after being accused of drugging and assaulting more than 60 women over the last few decades. Judy Huth claimed that in 1974 Cosby assaulted her in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion. According to recent reports, Bill will not testify in his upcoming sexual assault trial, which has just begun jury selection.
According to People, Jury selection has begun in a civil trial against Bill Cosby who is accused of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion in the 1970s. Opening statements in Los Angeles Superior Court will begin on June 1, less than a year after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction on aggravated sexual assault and ordered his release from jail.
According to Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist and spokesperson, Cosby will not testify. Wyatt said that Cosby is optimistic about the result of the trial.
“He does not have to be present in a civil matter. Since he is 100 percent blind with glaucoma and the COVID numbers are going up, we just don’t want to take any chances.”
“He feels he is in capable hands. He feels he will experience the same vindication he experienced in Pennsylvania. The jurors will pay attention to the facts of this case and they will make their decisions without any prejudice towards him. … We do believe he will be vindicated and he will be able to move on with his family and continue to provide humanity and humor to the world.”
Judy Huth claimed that Cosby abused her in a bedroom at Hugh Hefner’s iconic Holmby Hills estate when she was 16 years old. She claims she met the controversial comedian in 1974 while watching a movie being filmed in a San Marino park in Los Angeles with a 16-year-old friend. She claimed Cosby approached the pair and invited them to sit with him.
Although a criminal case’s statute of limitations had expired, California law permits victims of underage sexual assault to file civil lawsuits decades after the claimed incidents occurred. After his conviction in the Andrea Constand case was overturned, Cosby was freed from prison in June. When Constand claims Cosby, whom she considered a mentor, drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Elkins Park, Pa., home in 2004, she was an administrator with the Temple University women’s basketball team.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that using Cosby’s statements from a previous deposition against him robbed him of his Fifth Amendment rights since Cosby acknowledged giving quaaludes to women with whom he intended to have intercourse. According to the court, Cosby was subjected to “an unconstitutional’ coercive bait-and-switch,'” which it described as a “due process violation.” The prosecutor was also barred from filing further criminal charges as a result of the high court’s judgment.
The lawsuit against Amber Heard and Johnny Depp is now trending, but we will also keep a watch on Bill’s case. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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