News has been breaking in three separate cases in which comedian Bill Cosby is accused of sexual assault. USA Today reports that the comedian was in court today for the second day of a hearing in Pennsylvania to determine whether criminal charges against Cosby in that state will be dismissed.
“On Tuesday evening, the fallen entertainment icon, accused by dozens of women of sexual assault, left the courtroom in a seemingly chipper mood, after a day of testimony from one witness that stretched over seven hours,” the paper reports. “At one point, when his SUV left for his nearby home, Cosby smiled and thrust two thumbs up for the gang of media people waiting to snap his picture.”
Testimony on day one in the Pennsylvania hearing focused on former District Attorney Bruce Castor’s decision not to prosecute Cosby back in 2005, as we reported previously. The judge was expected to rule today on whether to proceed to trial.
Other developments Tuesday concerned two California cases. People reported that former model Chloe Goins, who accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her at the Playboy Mansion, dropped her civil suit against Cosby. The move follows a decision about a month ago by the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office not to file criminal charges in the case.
“Meanwhile, in a separate case tied to an alleged encounter at the Playboy Mansion, Cosby on Tuesday was ordered to give a second deposition in a civil lawsuit filed by Judy Huth, who said she was 15 in 1974 when she claims Cosby sexually assaulted her at the mansion,” People reports. “Huth’s attorney, Gloria Allred, first deposed Cosby in October 2015.”