Another woman files sex abuse lawsuit against Cosby, NBC
The lawsuit alleges Cosby “engaged in forced sexual intercourse” with her while she was incapacitated from the drugs. The lawsuit comes more than a year after Cosby left prison after his 2018 sexual assault conviction in Pennsylvania was overturned. Earlier this year, a Los Angeles jury awarded $500,000 to a woman who said Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion when she was a teenager in 1975. Pinkerton says the alleged assault came after she had met Cosby in New York and he promised to help her career. Months after the alleged assault, Pinkerton said Cosby invited her to his show at a Chicago theater, where she claims he forcefully kissed and touched her.wftv.com
Another woman files sex abuse lawsuit against Cosby, NBC
A woman who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 sued the comedian-actor, NBCUniversal and other companies Friday in New York, where five other women filed a similar lawsuit earlier this month. Stacey Pinkerton says she was a 21-year-old flight attendant and model that year when she claims Cosby drugged her at a restaurant in Illinois and took her back to a hotel room in Chicago. The lawsuit alleges Cosby “engaged in forced sexual intercourse” with her while she was incapacitated from the drugs.news.yahoo.com
Bill Cosby contemplates return to comedy stage in 2023
Actor-comedian Bill Cosby said he is thinking about a return to the comedy stage, 18 months after a sexual assault conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “When I come out of this, I feel that I will be able to perform and be the Bill Cosby that my audience knows me to be,” Cosby told Spears. https://t.co/r0nH6V4Fso — Variety (@Variety) December 28, 2022Cosby publicist Andrew Wyatt confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Cosby was considering a comeback next year. In March 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court without comment ruled that it would not review Cosby’s case, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this month, five women filed a new sexual assault lawsuit against NBC and Cosby under a New York state law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations for older sexual assault claims, Variety reported.wftv.com
Cosby, NBC, studio face new sex abuse lawsuit from 5 in NY
The lawsuit comes more than a year after Cosby left prison after his 2018 sexual assault conviction in Pennsylvania was overturned. The lawsuit filed Monday under New York's one-year window for adults to file sexual abuse complaints involves accusers Lili Bernard, Eden Tirl, Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson and Cindra Ladd. In at least some of the cases, the lawsuit said, Cosby first drugged the woman through drinks or pills he provided. Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the “accusers have resurfaced to file a frivolous civil lawsuit” against Cosby. Minifield” on “The Cosby Show” in the early 1990s, also has a pending lawsuit against Cosby in New Jersey over an alleged encounter in Atlantic City.wftv.com
Bill Cosby intentionally sexually abused teen in 1975, civil jury finds
Bill Cosby: What you need to know What You Need To Know: Bill Cosby (NCD)SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A Los Angeles County jury found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl in 1975. According to the Los Angeles Times, the 84-year-old comedian was found guilty of sexually abusing Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s. Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexually abusing Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s when she was 16. https://t.co/l4d1bmKom0 — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 21, 2022Huth’s suit is one of nearly 70 lawsuits against Cosby, claiming he drugged and raped women since the 1960s. In 2015, Cosby was arrested in Pennsylvania on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004.wftv.com
Civil jury finds Bill Cosby sexually abused teenager in 1975
Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (Matt Rourke)SANTA MONICA, Calif. — (AP) — Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The Los Angeles County jury delivered the verdict in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64, and awarded her $500,000. Huth’s friend Donna Samuelson, a key witness, took photos at the mansion of Huth and Cosby, which loomed large at the trial. He pointed out to jurors that Samuelson said “games like Donkey Kong” when she first mentioned it in her deposition.wftv.com
Jurors reach verdict in Bill Cosby sex abuse case from 1975
Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (Matt Rourke)SANTA MONICA, Calif. — (AP) — Jurors reached a verdict Tuesday in a lawsuit by a woman who says Bill Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury said it reached its verdict about 30 minutes after the forewoman told the judge they were deadlocked. In order to reach that question on the verdict form, jurors had to decide if Cosby harmed Huth when she was 16 and arrive at some figure for compensatory damages. If the jury decides Cosby acted with malice, another phase of trial will determine punitive damages.wftv.com
Bill Cosby civil trial jury must start deliberations over
Bill Cosby-Civil Trial-Explainer FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Eleven months after he was freed from prison, 85-year-old Cosby will again be the defendant in a sexual assault proceeding, this time a civil case in California. Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. The accuser, Los Angeles artist Lily Bernard, who has filed her own lawsuit against Cosby in New Jersey, denied speaking to any jurors. Huth's attorney Nathan Goldberg told jurors Cosby had to be held accountable for the harm he had done to his client.wftv.com
Cosby lawyer urges jurors to consider only proof from trial
Cosby, who was freed from prison when his Pennsylvania criminal conviction was thrown out nearly a year ago, is not attending the trial. He denied that any sexual activity took place between himself and Huth in a 2015 video deposition shown to jurors. In previous depositions and police interviews, the women discussed Samuelson in 1975 playing Donkey Kong, a game Nintendo didn't release into arcades until 1981. Goldberg told jurors in his closing that Samuelson had said “games like Donkey Kong” in her first reference to it during the deposition. Bonjean said jurors could not reasonably believe Cosby knew as much, and put pictures on the screen of the girls from around the same time.wftv.com
Lawyer: Cosby must be held responsible for sex abuse of teen
Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. “It is particularly important in this case that Mr. Cosby be held fully accountable for doing this to a minor,” Nathan Goldberg, attorney for plaintiff Judy Huth, said. But she said a badly shaken Huth told her what had happened after Cosby left them alone at the mansion later that day. “As these other women kept coming out and out, it was endless, it sent her into an emotional tailspin,” he told jurors. “She was a nice lady, nice smile,” Goldberg said, implying she had little else to offer in the case.wftv.com
Cosby in video testimony denies sex abuse of teen in 1970s
Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. Asked if he exposed himself and forced her to touch him sexually, Cosby answers "no" in the same way. Asked whether it was possible that these things happened but Cosby didn't remember them, Cosby answered “no." “What is the word ‘know,’ that I ‘know’ somebody?” Cosby says in one of his few long replies in the video. “You had a long history of trauma in your life that had nothing to do with Mr. Cosby, right?” Bonjean asked.wftv.com
Cosby accuser challenged over timing of trauma, depression
Eleven months after he was freed from prison, 85-year-old Bill Cosby will again be the defendant in a sexual assault proceeding, this time a civil case in California. Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. (AP Photo/Anthony McCartney, File) (Anthony McCartney)SANTA MONICA, Calif. — (AP) — An attorney for Bill Cosby challenged an accuser of the actor and comedian Wednesday over her struggles with depression, suggesting they were clearly not spurred by Cosby sexually abusing her when she was 16 in 1975, as her lawsuit alleges. Cosby attorney Jennifer Bonjean showed Huth medical records from 2011, 2012 and 2013 in which her doctor assessed her with major depression and prescribed her anti-depressants. “You had a long history of trauma in your life that had nothing to do with Mr. Cosby, right?” Bonjean asked.wftv.com
'Donkey Kong defense' arises at Bill Cosby sex abuse trial
Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. “You testified multiple times that you were playing Donkey Kong,” Cosby attorney Jennifer Bonjean told Samuelson, referring to a 2014 police interview and a 2016 deposition in Huth’s case. “I was playing pinball and Donkey Kong,” she says at one point in the video. During his opening statement on Wednesday, Huth's attorney Nathan Goldberg sought to head off the issue, telling jurors they were going to be hearing "the Donkey Kong defense" from Cosby's lawyers. The initial lawsuit filed in 2014 alleged that the incident took place in late 1973 or 1974, when Huth was 15 and Samuelson 16.wftv.com
Woman testifies Cosby forcibly kissed her when she was 14
Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. Two photos of Cosby and Huth at the Playboy Mansion were shown during earlier testimony. Cosby has denied sexually assaulting Huth, and his attorney says the case is about her attempt to cash in on the pictures. In her cross-examination of the woman, Cosby attorney Jennifer Bonjean showed a still from the film of the girl and her brother cheering in the front row next to the boxing ring. Shapiro testified that when she was 19 in November of 1975, she was at the Playboy Mansion with Cosby when he gave her a pill, which she took voluntarily.wftv.com
Distraught teen told of Cosby sex abuse, friend testifies
Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. A lawyer for Cosby called the sex abuse allegations “a complete and utter fabrication” and said the pictures are the only reason the case exists. By the time Huth told her story to Samuelson, Cosby had left to attend an event with plans to return hours later, leaving the girls behind. Samuelson said she asked her distraught friend if she wanted to go to the police or tell anyone else, Huth emphatically answered no. “I thought it would calm her down to go swimming and stuff,” Samuelson testified.wftv.com
Lawyer: Cosby used safe spaces to sexually abuse teen girl
Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. There were two bedrooms with their own bathrooms connected to the game room. He attempted to put his hand down her tight pants, then exposed himself, forcing Huth to touch him sexually, Goldberg said. Cosby’s attorneys will give their opening statement Wednesday afternoon, but have said no sexual abuse happened. In his opening, Goldberg sought to head off potential defense arguments.wftv.com
Cosby faces sex abuse allegations again as civil trial opens
Bill Cosby-Civil Trial-Explainer FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Eleven months after he was freed from prison, 85-year-old Cosby will again be the defendant in a sexual assault proceeding, this time a civil case in California. Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (Matt Rourke)SANTA MONICA, Calif. — (AP) — Bill Cosby will again be facing sex abuse allegations Wednesday as attorneys give opening statements in a civil trial that's one of the last remaining legal claims against the comedian. The trial is one of the last cases Cosby, 85, faces after a Pennsylvania appeals court threw out his criminal sexual assault conviction and freed him from prison 11 months ago.wftv.com
EXPLAINER: A look at Bill Cosby's sexual assault civil trial
Eleven months after he was freed from prison, Cosby, 85, will again be the defendant in a sexual assault proceeding, this time a civil case in California. Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. A few days later, Huth's lawsuit says, Cosby had her drink alcohol "as part of a game," then took her to the Playboy Mansion. The case has taken eight years to come to trial because of delays over Cosby's two criminal trials and the pandemic. THE CASE FOR COSBYCosby’s attorneys have conceded that he met Huth and took her to the Playboy Mansion.wftv.com
Bill Cosby trial: Civil trial on charges of sexual abuse to begin next week
Bill Cosby suit to go to court CHELTENHAM, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 30: (L-R) Attorney Jennifer Bonjean, Bill Cosby, and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt speak outside of Bill Cosby's home on June 30, 2021 in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. Bill Cosby was released from prison after court overturns his sex assault conviction. (Photo by Michael Abbott/Getty Images/Getty Images)Jury selection will begin Monday in California in a civil suit brought against Bill Cosby, alleging that he had groped a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion nearly 50 years ago, USA Today reported. According to Huth’s suit, Cosby groped her in 1974 when she was 15 and visiting the Playboy Mansion. In 2015, Cosby was arrested in Pennsylvania on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004.wftv.com
Bill Cosby lawyers cry foul as civil sex assault trial looms
Bill Cosby FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Cosby gave a videotaped deposition early in the case, but will not be required to testify the trial. "Mr. Cosby is a guy who has never settled for anything in life, and he's not going to settle in this case," Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said after the hearing. Cosby, the groundbreaking Black actor and comedian, had been the first celebrity convicted of sexual assault in the #MeToo era. A barrage of such sexual assault allegations destroyed his image as “America’s Dad” and led to multimillion-dollar court settlements with at least eight women.wftv.com
Mario Batali acquittal underscores perils of #MeToo cases
Bill Cosby was released from prison when his conviction that he drugged and assaulted a woman was overturned. Quarterback Deshaun Watson landed a record-setting $230 million contract, despite an investigation into allegations he assaulted 22 women. Celebrity chef Mario Batali was acquitted this week on just the second day of his sexual assault trial in Boston.news.yahoo.com
Judge dismisses Capitol riot obstruction charge against Jan. 6 defendant
A federal judge dismissed an obstruction charge against a man accused of storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, opting for a more narrow reading of federal obstruction law.Why it matters: The decision could affect hundreds of other Jan. 6 defendants facing a similar charge of obstruction.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe charge of "Obstruction of an Official Proceeding" appears 176 times in the Department of Justice's listnews.yahoo.com
Supreme Court won't review decision that freed Bill Cosby
Supreme Court Bill Cosby FILE - This June 30, 2021, file photo shows Bill Cosby gesturing outside his home in Elkins Park, Pa., after being released from prison. The Supreme Court said Monday, March, 7, 2022, it will not take up the sexual assault case against Cosby, leaving in place a decision by Pennsylvania's highest court to throw out his conviction and set him free from prison. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year threw out Cosby's conviction, saying the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor's agreement not to charge Cosby. He was arrested in the Constand case on Dec. 30, 2015, just days before the 12-year statute of limitations was set to run out. Steele had reopened the case after The Associated Press went to federal court to unseal Cosby’s long-buried testimony in Constand’s lawsuit.wftv.com
High court won't review decision freeing Cosby from prison
Supreme Court People stand on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, Feb.11, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib) (Mariam Zuhaib)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will not take up the sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby, leaving in place a decision by Pennsylvania's highest court to throw out his conviction and set him free from prison. The high court declined prosecutors' request to hear the case and reinstate Cosby's conviction. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year threw out Cosby's conviction, saying the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor's agreement not to charge Cosby. A jury had previously deadlocked in Cosby's case, resulting in a mistrial in 2017.wftv.com
Appellate judges raise doubts about Harvey Weinstein’s conviction
A New York appeals court has excoriated Manhattan prosecutors for filling out Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial last year with what one judge deemed “incredibly prejudicial testimony” from women whose allegations weren’t part of the criminal charges against him.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother says US prosecutors seeking to ‘break’ her
The brother of a British socialite charged with helping Jeffrey Epstein exploit underage girls says her prosecution is “the most over-hyped trial of the century,” designed to break a woman targeted by authorities who are desperate to blame someone for the late financier’s crimes.
Rashad draws critics and dismissal calls for defending Cosby
Phylicia Rashad has found herself embroiled in controversy after expressing public support for Bill Cosby’s release from prison, with some prominent Black voices calling for her dismissal as dean of Howard University's College of Fine Arts.
Lawyer defending Trump accustomed to political disaster
He argued that Trump could not have — and would not have — encouraged the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “We’re really here because majority in the House of Representatives does not want to face Donald Trump as a political rival in the future. AdHis reemergence as an impeachment lawyer for Trump was a head-scratching moment for Pennsylvania's political and legal world. He had not campaigned for Trump, and a longtime friend, Brian Miles, told the Inquirer that the two men had never discussed Trump before Castor mentioned recently that he was up for the job. For all the criticism directed at him, Castor suggested that Trump did not criticize his performance.
Trump can't hang on to lawyers after false election claims
Since losing the November election to President Joe Biden, Trump has been hemorrhaging attorneys. Trump's impeachment lawyers started off their defense by misspelling the words “United States” in their brief. Navarro told The Associated Press that he “warned the president that his legal team was going to fail him." Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said Trump’s team did a “terrible job." AdBut after impeachment, Trump's legal needs will likely accelerate, with the investigations in New York, Georgia and possibly Washington, D.C., where prosecutors will have the power of subpoena.
Trump names 2 lawyers to impeachment defense team
Former President Trump has named two lawyers to his impeachment defense team, one day after it was revealed that the former president had parted ways with an earlier set of attorneys. AdThe announcement was intended to promote a sense of stability surrounding the Trump defense team as his impeachment trial nears. Trump’s team had initially announced that Butch Bowers, a South Carolina lawyer, would lead his legal team after an introduction from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. Many legal scholars, however, say there is no bar to an impeachment trial despite Trump having left the White House. Schoen met with financier Jeffrey Epstein about joining his defense team on sex trafficking charges just days before Epstein killed himself in a New York jail.
Rape charges denied by lawyer for '70s Show' actor Masterson
Attorney Tom Mesereau entered the plea for the 44-year-old actor, who was not in court, to three charges of rape by force or fear. Prosecutors allege that he raped a 23-year-old woman sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old woman between October and December of 2003, all at his Hollywood Hills home. Defense lawyer Tom Mesereau entered the plea for Masterson, who was not present in court, to three charges of rape by force or fear in Los Angeles County Superior Court. All of the alleged rapes happened at his Hollywood Hills home. The alleged rapes happened at the height of Masterson’s fame as he starred as Steven Hyde on Fox TV's retro sitcom “That ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006 alongside Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Topher Grace.
Cosby's sex assault conviction goes before high-level court
Now the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear his appeal of the conviction on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The arguments will focus on the trial judge's decision to let five other accusers testify for the prosecution. Cosby, 83, hopes to overturn his 2018 sex assault conviction because the judge let prosecutors call five other accusers who said Cosby mistreated them the same way he did his victim, Andrea Constand. Judge Steven T. O'Neill had allowed just one other accuser to testify at Cosby's first trial in 2017, when the jury could not reach a verdict. O'Neill then let five other accusers testify at Cosby's retrial in 2018, when the jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand.
Bill Cosby, now 83, grins in newly released prison mug shot
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A newly released prison mug shot shows Bill Cosby smiling with a disposable mask hanging off his face. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections recently updated Cosby’s mug shot, something routinely done to document changes to inmates' appearance as they age. Cosby's new photo was taken Sept. 4. It was accompanied by text that said: “This photo was taken by his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, during his first virtual video conference call with Mr. Cosby last week. An appeals court had upheld his conviction, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed this year to review two key issues in the case.
Bill Cosby appeal set for Dec. 1 in Pennsylvania high court
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear Bill Cosby's appeal of his felony sex assault conviction on Dec. 1. A lower appeals court had upheld his conviction, but the state's high court agreed this year to review two key issues in the case. The high court will also consider whether the jury should have heard evidence that Cosby had given quaaludes to women in the past. Dozens of women have come forward over the years to accuse Cosby of sexual assault, and the trial judge deemed him a sexually violent predator. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims without their permission, which Constand has granted.