Embattled TV icon Bill Cosby has barely had time to bask in the mistrial in his Pennsylvania criminal trial two weeks ago, and he’s already facing another legal hassle. The AP reports that the comedian’s legal fight shifts this time to California, where a hearing was scheduled today to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing Cosby of the sexual assault of a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion decades ago.
“Judy Huth accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the mansion around 1974 when she was 15,” the AP reports.
“Cosby, 79, is fighting lawsuits by 10 women on both coasts,” the report adds. “Three have filed sexual battery or defamation cases in California, and seven have sued for defamation in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home. He has denied any wrongdoing.”
The report also notes: “Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Huth, said the judge in Los Angeles Superior Court … may delay setting a trial date to let Pennsylvania prosecutors pursue the retrial against Cosby first.”