Potential jurors in an upcoming civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby will be asked how much they know about the former comedian A case of sexual assault.
Lawyers for Cosby and his accuser, Jodi Huth, presented the court this week with a list of questions to be read during jury selection, which is set to begin in Santa Monica, California, on May 23.
Lawyers for Huth, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Cosby at the Playboy mansion in 1974 when she was 15, want to ask jurors whether they were fans of the comedian and whether they “formed the impression” that Cosby “was falsely accused of No sexual offenses in the past.”
Huth filed her lawsuit again in 2014, but it was delayed several times while Cosby’s criminal trial in Pennsylvania was progressing.
Cosby was convicted in 2018 of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned that conviction due to a 2005 non-prosecution agreement that Cosby signed before agreeing to be impeached in another civil case.
Cosby was released from Pennsylvania prison On June 20, 2021, after serving two years of his sentence of three to ten years.
Cosby has denied that he sexually harassed Huth.
His attorneys also want to ask potential jurors if they’ve heard anything about the sexual allegations against the comedian and if they “have any preconceived opinions, prejudices or assumptions about Mr. Cosby that would interfere with your ability to act as a fair and impartial sworn representative.”
Hoth had requested a bench trial, but Cosby refused.
“We want a jury trial because Mr. Cosby wants the voters of Santa Monica and Los Angeles to hear the facts,” Andrew White, Cosby’s representative, told The Post on Friday. “We want everyone to know the facts of this case, and we’re excited and excited to have Mr. Cosby’s day in court until he is acquitted once again.”