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The jury in Bill Cosby’s civil lawsuit must begin consultations

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – After two days of hearings in which they decided on almost every issue they faced, the jurors of the civil dispute decided that the allegations of sexual abuse against Bill Cosby should begin on Monday.

At Friday’s trial, a Los Angeles County jury agreed on whether Prosecutor Cosby attacked Judy Huth at Playboy Mansion when she was 16 in 1975 and whether Huth had suffered damage. In total, she answered eight of the nine questions in her judgment form, all but one, which asked whether Cosby had acted in a way that required damages.

Judge Craig Karlan, who ordered the jury to agree that he could go to a preliminary hearing after Friday, ruled on Cosby’s lawyers’ objections to accepting and reading the verdict on the questions answered. But when deputies arrived at the courthouse in Santa Monica, he had to change course and be asked to go to court. The court has the required closing time at 4:30 p.m. because there is no budget for Members’ overtime

Karlan refused on Monday to demand the resignation of the outgoing jury, which was elected chairman, so that the members of the jury could start again with an alternative in his place.

“I will not withdraw my word,” Karlan said.


It was a remarkable end to a strange jury day. It began with a note to the judge about what he called a “personality problem” between two jurors who made it difficult for them to work. After being summoned to the courtroom and agreeing that each jury would be heard in the debates, the jurors continued, but there were still questions about the issues in their judgment that the judges and lawyers had discussed and had to be answered. One question is how to calculate the damage.

In the afternoon, Cosby’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, moved in to attack a photo taken by a member of Cosby’s team, which shows a jury standing near one of Cosby’s prosecutors.

Karlan said the photo showed no conversation that had taken place and quickly rejected the abuse proposal, accepting assurances from the jury and then from the entire jury without anyone discussing the case with them.

The plaintiff, Los Angeles actress Lily Bernard, who is filing her own lawsuit against Cosby in New Jersey, refused to speak to jurors. “I have never spoken to a jury member since,” Bernard told the judge from his court. “In this case, I will never do anything harmful. I don’t even care about them.”

Karlan tried to break down barriers and get jurors to cooperate as much as possible, keeping lawyers, reporters and court staff ready in the courtroom for a flash when the verdict was read, but in the end it did not bear any fruit.

The jurors began judging Thursday morning after a two-week trial.

Cosby, 84, who was released from prison when his conviction in Pennsylvania was lifted almost a year ago, did not join. In a video clip from 2015, which was shown to the jurors, he denied any sexual intercourse with Huth. The denial was repeated during the hearing by his spokesman and his lawyer.

In controversial concluding arguments, Bonjean urged jurors to consider public allegations against Cosby and consider only the evidence, saying it was far from Huth’s case.


Huth’s lawyer, Nathan Goldberg, told jurors that Cosby should be held liable for the damage he caused to his client.

The Associated Press usually mentions people who say they were sexually abused if they did not go public, such as Huth and Bernard.