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Jurors in civil trial for sexual misconduct against allegations Actor and comedian Bill Cosby The deliberations must begin again after a verdict is reached on Friday for nearly all of the questions put to them.
After two days of deliberation, the jury concluded whether Cosby sexual assault Plaintiff Judy Huth at Playboy Mansion in 1975 when she was just 16 years old, and whether she deserves any damages.
The jurors answered eight of the nine questions in the form of their verdict: the final question asking whether Cosby’s actions warranted punitive damages.
Judge Craig Carlan One juror promised she could leave after Friday for a pre-commitment.
The judge chose to read the verdict on questions that the jury answered despite the objections of Cosby’s attorney. However, Karlan had to reverse his decision when deputies attended the Santa Monica Courthouse and asked him to vacate the courtroom. The court has a required closing time of 4:30 p.m. due to the lack of budget for MPs’ overtime.
Karlan will not ask the juror who was forced to leave to return on Monday, so deliberations will have to resume with an alternate juror in her place. He said, “I will not go back on my words.”
Earlier in the day, a note was given to the judge about what he referred to as a “personal case” between two jurors making their work difficult.
The judge summoned the jurors to the courtroom and asked them to agree to allow each juror to speak in the debates. The jurors resumed deliberations but had several questions about issues regarding the form of their judgment that the judge and attorneys had to talk about and answer, including how to calculate damages.
Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bunjian, requests a wrongful trial after lunch over a photo taken by a member of Cosby’s team showing a juror standing near A comedian accused who was sitting in the audience.
Actress Lily Bernard, who is suing Cosby, said she has not spoken to any jurors.
“I have never spoken to a juror,” Bernard told the judge from her courtroom seat. “I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize this issue. I don’t even look at them.”
The jurors began deliberations Thursday morning after a two-week trial. Cosby wasn’t in the courtroom.
The 84-year-old was released from prison last year after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 criminal conviction. In an excerpt from a 2015 video shown to jurors, Cosby denied having any sexual contact with Huth. Both his spokesman and his lawyer repeated his denials throughout the trial.
Bonjean asked the jury in closing arguments to seize the public allegations against Cosby and only Consideration of evidence presented during trial. She said the evidence did not prove Hoth’s case.
Huth attorney Nathan Goldberg told jurors that Cosby must pay for the damage he inflicted on his client.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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