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Here's why Bill Cosby is back on trial nearly a year after he was released from prison

Kenan Draughorne, Los Angeles Times on

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Bill Cosby is going back on trial for alleged sexual assault, nearly a year after he was released from prison on an overturned criminal conviction in a different case.

The disgraced comedian and actor is set to face a civil trial next month after California resident Judy Huth accused him of sexually assaulting her at the Playboy Mansion while she was a teenager in the mid-1970s.

The allegations first came to light in 2014 — years before the #MeToo movement— and are now seeing their day in court after setbacks related to the statute of limitations for reporting abuse and a shift in Huth’s recollection of when the alleged incident occurred.

Huth’s case is one of the last remaining civil lawsuits the once-beloved “Cosby Show” star faces after settling multimillion-dollar cases with at least eight women. Cosby, 84, has said he will not attend the latest civil proceedings, which will be held in Santa Monica.

Here’s what you need to know about the case before it begins.

Who is Judy Huth, and what does she say happened?


Huth, 64, is a Riverside County resident who said she met Cosby around 1975 while he was filming a movie in San Marino. Huth alleged Cosby invited her and a friend to a tennis club where he gave them drinks, before bringing them to the Playboy Mansion and telling them to say they were 19 if anyone asked.

Huth said that after she used the bathroom, she opened the door to find Cosby sitting on the bed. She alleged he then tried to put his hand down her pants, and grabbed her hand and made her perform a sexual act on him, Huth said.

What has Bill Cosby said?

Cosby has claimed innocence in this case and denied the allegations from all women (about 60 in total) who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, among other alleged crimes.


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