Bill Cosby is going back to court, this time for a civil lawsuit over the alleged 1974 sexual assault of a minor. Judy Huth claims the disgraced stand-up comedian molested her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15-years old. A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Kaplan has set a trial date for October 7, 2019.
Cosby is currently serving a three to 10-year sentence for raping a former Temple University employee in his home in 2004. As consistent among many other accusers (there are over 60), Andrea Constand claimed that the man who once called Eddie Murphy to say he was too dirty gave her pills before violating her sleeping body.
Huth’s civil suit was set to begin next month but was pushed back to accommodate the court calendar and Cosby’s recent incarceration. The 81-year old sexual predator has attempted to get the case dismissed using multiple arguments—all of which have been denied.
“Judgment day finally came for Bill Cosby in the criminal case,” Huth’s lawyer Gloria Allred told Deadline. “He was convicted of 3 felonies and was classified as a sexually violent predator. Now it is time for justice in the civil case for our client…While he is sitting in prison, he will have to be concerned that he will not be able to avoid facing a civil jury and judgement day in Santa Monica in Ms. Huth’s case.”
It’s been a long four years since Hannibal Burress called the Cosby Show star a rapist during a stand-up set in 2014. A floodgate seemingly opened as victims’ stories rushed in and tallied up (even if 90% are lying, that’s still six victims). Though Cosby’s predatory behavior has long been a known secret amongst the comedy community, Burress’s call out seemed to give others like Kenan Thompson and Chelsea Handler permission to speak up with criticisms.
The new trial date will take place a little over a year into Cosby’s current sentence. He will likely not be able to seek parole until 2021.