SANTA MONICA, Calif. – A Los Angeles choose denied Judy Huth’s request to name one other alleged sufferer from testifying in her sexual assault case towards comic Invoice Cosby.
Decide Craig Karlan mentioned on Friday calling one other witness so as to impeach an announcement that Cosby made in his Oct. 9, 2015 video deposition would change your complete case and could be “prejudicial” to the comic.
The dialogue over whether or not the alleged sufferer, Renita Hill, must be allowed to testify was executed outdoors the presence of jurors.
John West, one in every of Huth’s attorneys, argued Hill must be allowed to take the stand as a result of the 84-year-old comic replied “no” when requested throughout his deposition if he would ask ladies in the event that they had been over the age of 18 earlier than having intercourse.
Cosby has denied he sexually assaulted Huth.
“Mr. Cosby clearly said he made no attempt to ascertain the ages of the women he went out with,” West mentioned. “Not asking their age doesn’t imply he didn’t know they had been underaged.
“We have a witness who is prepared to say that she was 16-years old when she met him. The sole purpose of that testimony is to show an intent act on a child,” mentioned West.
Like Huth, Hill filed a defamation swimsuit towards Cosby and claimed the comic allegedly sexually abused her when she was 16-years previous. In her 2015 swimsuit, Hill mentioned Cosby flew her to cities after she was employed to seem in his 1983 present Image Pages.
Hill had alleged throughout that point she was sexually assaulted by Cosby.
A Pennsylvania federal choose dismissed Hill’s lawsuit in 2016 and located Cosby and his authorized group had been constitutionally protected once they made statements towards Hill in response to interviews the place she mentioned the comic drugged and raped her.
On Friday, Cosby’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, objected to having Hill testify and mentioned Huth’s attorneys already rested their case. She added Hill’s statements wouldn’t be thought of a rebuttal to testimonies offered by protection witnesses who had been known as to the stand on Friday.
The choose agreed and added he already allowed two different witnesses — Kimberly Burr and Margie Shapito– who testified final week that Cosby allegedly assaulted them in 1975.
“You can’t make him (Cosby) a straw man,” the choose mentioned to West. “To let the witness (Hill) in would change the entire case. … I’m not faulting either side for making the arguments you are making but I don’t think it’s appropriate right now at this point in this case,” the choose mentioned.
“I think its probative value is substantially outweighed by the prejudicial impact. If it gets to a second phase, renew it and I will consider it.”
On Friday, Cosby’s protection group additionally known as Playboy Enterprises, Inc. lawyer Chris Riley, who testified the corporate was subpoenaed a number of weeks in the past for the mansion’s 1975 customer logs.
Riley mentioned the corporate was capable of finding butlers’ logs from March 1974 to Might 1974 that listed what Hugh Hefner ate every day and different notes. He mentioned customer logs included lists of who went to the mansion and the time they checked out and in.
Cosby’s identify did seem on a log entry that additionally mentioned the comic had two company with him on the mansion. When requested why the “two guests” entry was scribbled in several coloured ink, Riley mentioned he didn’t know.
The lawyer mentioned after the corporate was offered and Hefner handed away in 2017, the Hugh Hefner Basis took over different logs that had been saved contained in the mansion.
Nonetheless, Playboy Enterprises does have entry to 12,000 bins of information which have been sitting in a storage facility for many years, Riley testified.
Forensic scientific psychologist Julie Brovko, one other Cosby protection witness, briefly testified on Friday that Huth’s emotional misery was brought on by trauma that predates her claims towards Cosby.
Huth, who alleged Cosby molested her on the Playboy mansion in April 1975 when she was 16-years previous, is suing Cosby for sexual battery and emotional misery.
Brovko will proceed her testimony on Monday.