As reported by CBS Los Angeles, Bill Cosby has received a court date for a separate sexual assault case just a couple of weeks after the June 17 mistrial that left his legal team claiming victory.
As you’ve probably heard by now, Cosby is being sued by a slew of women who claim the comedian has sexually assaulted them. The first to take him to court was former Temple University director of women’s basketball Andrea Constand, whose trial resulted in a hung jury. The new suit, which is civil rather than criminal, will take place July 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. The lawsuit was filed by Judy Huth, who claims Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1974 when she was 15 years old. These are only two out of ten suits filed against Cosby. As of now, around 60 women have accused him of sexual assault.
Cosby suffered extreme scrutiny from media outlets (us included) immediately following the mistrial when his representatives went on record saying he would hold town hall-style meetings to talk about sexual assault. Cosby has since denied that he would do so, taking to Twitter to release a statement repudiating the claims.
His attorney, Angela Agrusa, says, “He doesn’t take lightly these criminal charges. He would never do anything that undermined the importance of this issue. I don’t see him speaking out publicly like that.”
Huth’s laywer, Gloria Allred, is doubtful that her trial will end with a hung jury due to the burden of proof being much lower for civil cases, but we’ll have to wait over a year to find out. In the meantime, Cosby will be fighting many legal battles of the same nature in an effort to clear his name, which, at this point, is almost impossible. Read our recent piece on how to approach the comedian and actor’s legacy here.