SANTA MONICA, California. – The jury returned a verdict in a lawsuit filed by a woman on Tuesday who says Bill Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion 1975
The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury said it reached its verdict about 30 minutes after the forewoman told the judge they were deadlocked.
The jury was stuck on whether to award Judy Huth punitive damages. To answer that question on the sentencing form, the jury had to decide whether Cosby caused harm to Huth at the age of 16 and arrive at an award of damages.
If the jury finds that Cosby acted intentionally, a further stage of the trial will determine punitive damages.
Cosby, 84, who was freed from prison at his criminal conviction in Pennsylvania was kicked out almost a year ago, did not participate in the process, which lasted more than two weeks. He denied any sexual contact with Huth in a clip from a 2015 video statement shown to jury. The denial was repeated throughout the trial by his spokesman and attorney.
The verdict followed an unusual set of circumstances after a jury pardoned Friday as the panel had resolved all issues except whether to award punitive damages.
A deputy was elected and the jury was due to begin deliberations again on Monday. They seemed to quickly hit the same impasse over whether to punish Cosby for his behavior.
Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, requested a trial when the jury said they couldn’t resolve their differences. But Judge Craig Karlan said the jury deliberated for less than eight hours over two days. He said he could keep her another day.
Word came from the jury room that a verdict would soon be reached.
It should be read at 3:30 p.m. local time.
The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly, as Huth did.
AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.
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