Bill Cosby’s lawyers criticize accuser’s change of story as ‘trial by ambush’ – New York Daily News

Lawyers for Bill Cosby have lost their last-minute efforts to end Judy Huth’s long-delayed sexual assault case against the fallen comedian over allegations that he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy mansion nearly 50 years ago.

In recent court papers, Huth said she now believes the incident involving Cosby occurred in 1975 when she was 16, not 1974 when she was 15, as she had initially alleged. The change in her narrative triggered a fierce wave of backlash from the comedian’s lawyers, who called for a delay or dismissal of the trial on the grounds that Huth’s latest version of events undermined her defense, and with the selection of the jury just a few days away.

Huth’s attorneys defended the change in the story, saying it came after a closer look at the evidence filed in the case. Further investigation eventually allowed them to conclude that Cosby was filming the movie “Let’s Do It Again” at the time in a Los Angeles-area park, where Huth has alleged the two met before bringing her to the mansion.

The change was first revealed in a statement that was attached as evidence to a May 5 motion, but one of Cosby’s attorneys, Jennifer Bonjean, said she should have been served directly.

“It’s not fair,” he told reporters. It’s called an ambush trial.

At a hearing in a Santa Monica court Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Karlan agreed to allow Bonjean to question Huth further but refused to dismiss the sexual assault case entirely.

Cosby’s attorneys said they built most of their defense around the timeline provided by Huth and his trip to the Playboy mansion. They went to great lengths to establish the former TV star’s whereabouts at the specified time and planned to question Huth on the witness stand about the chronology he provided.

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His attorney, Noah Goldberg, objected to the defense’s rejection, suggesting that they always knew when the alleged incident occurred and that they were trying to hide that particular fact.

“They always knew it was 1975,” Goldberg said.

Huth initially filed his lawsuit in 2014, shortly after Cosby became the subject of dozens of lawsuits filed by women who accused him of drugging and raping them in incidents dating back to the mid-1960s. However, his suit, along with with other similar lawsuits, it was delayed when Cosby was arrested in Pennsylvania on sex crime charges in 2015.

After two criminal trials, he was convicted in 2018, though the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally overturned the decision last summer. Cosby was later released from state prison, where he served nearly three years of a 10-year sentence.

The 84-year-old actor is not expected to make the trip to California from his Pennsylvania home for the trial, with his representatives citing glaucoma that has left him blind.

Jury selection in the case will begin Monday in Santa Monica.

with cable news services

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