Bill Cosby is less than two months into serving the three-to-ten years to which he was sentenced for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. But another trial already awaits him.
Judy Huth alleges that Cosby molested her at a party at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was only 15 years old. The statute of limitations for criminal charges have long expired, but Huth could file a civil case because she was a minor at the time of the alleged assault.
Tuesday, an LA Superior Court judge set a date for the trial: October 7, 2019.
This trial has been rescheduled before; most recently, it was set for December 3, just weeks from now. But on Tuesday, Judge Craig Kaplan moved it to “accommodate the court calendar and the changed circumstances of Cosby himself,” as Deadline reports.
Huth filed a lawsuit against Cosby in December 2014, alleging sexual battery and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. She was the first person to take legal action against Cosby since Constand filed her lawsuit in 2005.
In her lawsuit, Huth says Cosby took her and a friend to a party at the Playboy Mansion, where he told her to lie about her age. She used the bathroom and “emerged to find Cosby sitting on a bed.” Cosby asked her to sit next to him, tried to “put his hand down her pants, then took her hand and forced her to masturbate him.”
Two days after Huth filed her lawsuit, Cosby countersued. Claiming that Huth’s sexual assault allegations were “meritless and unsupported,” he alleged extortion and demanded $33,000 in damages. He also accused Huth of trying to sell her story to the tabloids ten years prior to suing him.
It was just under a year later that Cosby was deposed in Huth’s case by Gloria Allred — marking the first time Cosby addressed allegations of sexual misconduct under oath since his explosive 2005 deposition, in which he admitted to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women with whom he wanted to have sex. Two months after giving that deposition, Cosby was arrested and charged in the Constand case.
As Deadline notes, Cosby would need to find an East Coast appeal court “both willing to hear his case and overturn the county court ruling” from the criminal trial this year, issued by Judge Steven T. O’Neill, before he could even start the process of seeking parole in 2021.