Potential jurors in an upcoming civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby will be asked what they know about the comedian’s previous criminal sexual assault case.
Lawyers for Cosby and his accuser, Judy Huth, provided the court this week with their list of questions that will be read during jury selection, which is due to begin at a courthouse in Santa Monica, Calif., 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 if they are fans of the comedian and if they “felt ‘Cosby’ was falsely accused”. of any past sexual crimes.
Huth filed her lawsuit in 2014, but it was repeatedly delayed while Cosby’s criminal trial in Pennsylvania progressed.
Cosby was convicted in 2018 of drugging and assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned that conviction due to a 2005 non-prosecution agreement Cosby signed before agree to be filed in another civil case.
Cosby was released from a Pennsylvania prison on June 20, 2021, after serving two years of his three-to-10-year sentence.
Cosby denied sexually assaulting Huth.
His lawyers also want to ask potential jurors if they have heard of the sexual allegations against the comedian and if they “have any preconceived opinions, biases or assumptions about Mr. Cosby that would interfere with your ability to serve as a fair and just judge.” impartial”. sworn.”
Huth had requested a bench test, but Cosby refused.
“We want a jury trial because Mr. Cosby wants voters in Santa Monica and Los Angeles to hear the facts,” Cosby’s Rep. Andrew Wyatt told The Post on Friday. “We want everyone to know the facts of this case, and we look forward and delighted to have Mr. Cosby’s day in court so he can once again be vindicated.”