Newswire: Bill Cosby could end up back in civil court next year

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania ended with a hung jury and a pledge from the prosecutor to retry the embattled comedian at some point. But first, Cosby could end up facing a different accuser on the West Coast, as Deadline reports a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has set a tentative 2018 court date for an alleged assault that took place more than 40 years ago.

The alleged victim, Judy Huth, claims Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was just 15 years old. Though the statute of limitations has long since passed on a criminal case, Huth is free to file a civil claim, based on the fact that she was a minor at the time of the alleged assault. Huth first filed suit in 2014, seeking damages for sexual battery and emotional distress. Today Judge Craig Kaplan set July 30 …

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