SANTA MONICA (CNS) — A jury with a new panelist discusses a lawsuit filed by a Riverside County woman who claims comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her
at the Playboy Mansion in the 1970s , when she was a teenager. Day Monday without reaching a verdict.
The panel weighing Judy Huth's trial will return Tuesday morning to resume deliberations in court.
Late Friday - after nearly two full days of deliberation - the jury indicated it had reached a decision on most questions, except one related to potential punitive damages.
Superior Court Judge Craig Carlan initially indicated that he would read out partial judgments, but there was not enough time to do so, before the courthouse had to be closed for the day.
However, one of the jurors was due to leave for a prior conviction after Friday, and Carlan said he would keep his earlier promise that the jury would be dismissed.
This meant that an alternate juror had to be brought in as a replacement, and the panel began its deliberations from scratch on Monday morning.
Over the course of a nearly two-week trial, attorneys for 64-year-old Huth, a Canyon Lake resident, have accused Cosby—who is 84 years old and legally blind—of assaulting her in a game room in the mansion in 1975. , when she was 16 years old.
The attorney said Cosby took Huth and his then 17-year-old friend, Donna Samuelson, to the mansion when he met them while in the area to film "Let's Do It Again" with Jimmy Walker and Sidney Poitier.
The case is the first sex-abuse civil trial against Cosby to reach a jury.