Jurors have reached a verdict in Invoice Cosby’s civil trial over a lawsuit accusing the disgraced comic of sexually assaulting a teenage lady on the Playboy Mansion in 1975.
The panel’s resolution is predicted to be learn by 3:30 p.m. PDT, legal professional Gloria Allred, who’s representing plaintiff Judy Huth, informed CBS Information.
Huth, now 64, accused Cosby of forcing her to carry out intercourse on him on the mansion when she was simply 16 years previous.
The Los Angeles trial had gave the impression to be wrapping up Friday with jurors having answered eight of 9 questions introduced to them.
However the choose had beforehand agreed to dismiss one of many jurors by June 17, so deliberations started throughout with an alternate on Monday.
The reviled former icon as soon as often known as “America’s Dad” didn’t testify or seem in Los Angeles County Courtroom in the course of the trial however had denied sexual contact with Huth in a sworn deposition in 2015 that was performed for jurors.
The choice caps off an typically weird trial that included 10 days of testimony, fiery exchanges between attorneys for Hutch and Cosby and a failed effort by the actor’s authorized staff to have a mistrial declared.
The sexual assault trial is the primary to be delivered to civil courtroom regardless of allegations in opposition to Cosby made by a number of girls.Montgomery County Correctional Facility by way of Getty Photographs
The previous star of “The Cosby Present” has been accused by a number of girls of drugging and sexual assault, however Huth’s case is the primary civil trial primarily based on the allegations.
Cosby had been convicted in Pennsylvania legal courtroom for assaulting Andrea Constand, however he was launched from jail final 12 months when the state’s highest courtroom dominated a take care of prosecutors meant he ought to’ve by no means confronted legal trial.
Hutch claimed in a lawsuit that Cosby had pressured her right into a bed room within the Playboy Mansion, the place he kissed her, shoved his arms down her pants after which used her hand to carry out a intercourse act.
Cosby maintained his innocence however didn’t testify or seem in Los Angeles County Courtroom in the course of the trial.ROBYN BECK/AFP by way of Getty Photographs
Testimony by Huth and a witness mentioned the assault occurred subsequent to a sport room the place the witness had been enjoying the arcade sport “Donkey Kong.” Cosby’s legal professional seized on that, noting that “Donkey Kong” didn’t come out till 1981, six years after the alleged assault however Huth’s authorized staff countered that the testimony described “video games like ‘Donkey Kong’” and didn’t particularly imply the sport itself.
The argument had Cosby legal professional Jennifer Bonjean and Huth’s lawyer Nathan Goldberg sniping within the courtroom. Bonjean additionally moved for a mistrial after a photograph was taken of a juror standing close to one other Cosby accuser, LA artist Lily Bernard.
However Choose Craig Karlan mentioned there was no proof that the jury had mentioned the case with anybody. The jurors and Bernard, who’s suing Cosby in New Jersey, additionally denied any contact.
“I’d by no means do something to jeopardize this case,” Bernard informed the choose within the Santa Monica courtroom. “I don’t even have a look at them.”
Throughout closing arguments, Bonjean had urged jurors to solely deal with proof on the case amid the much-publicized accusations in opposition to Cosby.
“Are you able to think about how onerous it’s to defend a case while you begin with the label of sexual predator?” Bonjean mentioned.
Protection legal professional Jennifer Bonjean, proper, urged jurors to solely deal with proof on the case amid the much-publicized accusations in opposition to Cosby.ROBYN BECK/AFP by way of Getty Photographs
Goldberg mentioned Cosby deserved accountability.
“Every of you is aware of in your coronary heart that Mr. Cosby sexually assaulted Miss Huff,” he mentioned.
With Submit wires