Date set for Cosby's civil trial

  • 28/06/2017
Bill Cosby faces retrial
The civil trial comes after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. Photo credit: Newshub.

Comedian Bill Cosby will face a civil trial in July 2018 for sexual assault over an alleged incident at the Playboy Mansion more than four decades ago.

The court hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court took place less than two weeks after Mr Cosby's criminal trial for sexual assault in Pennsylvania ended in a mistrial, when a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

Judy Huth has accused Mr Cosby, 79, of giving her alcohol and then sexually abusing her around 1974 when she was 15 at the Los Angeles mansion famed for its hedonistic parties.

Mr Cosby is already scheduled to face a separate civil trial next June in a lawsuit filed by Chloe Goins, a former model who has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her at the mansion in 2008.

Mr Cosby has seen his reputation destroyed by sexual assault allegations from approximately 60 women.

Only one accusation has led to criminal charges, and Pennsylvania prosecutors have said they will retry Mr Cosby within months.

Meanwhile, 10 women are pursuing either sexual assault or defamation lawsuits against Mr Cosby, including Ms Huth.

Judge Craig Karlan has set July 30, 2018, as the trial date for Ms Huth's lawsuit.

The case has been partially delayed by Mr Cosby's criminal charges.