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Bill Cosby ’70s Playboy Mansion Assault Case Trial Set for Next Summer

Comedian is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 1974

A 2018 trial date has been set in the California civil sexual assault case against Bill Cosby.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Tuesday tentatively set a July 30, 2018 date for the trial, according to the Associated Press. The distant date is to accommodate Pennsylvania prosecutors’ plans to retry Cosby after a jury deadlocked in a different criminal case less than two weeks ago.

Cosby is accused of sexually assaulting Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old.

The California lawsuit is one of 10 Cosby is currently facing, including three sexual battery or defamation cases in California and seven defamation cases in Massachusetts. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing.

A Pennsylvania jury failed to reach a verdict in the criminal case stemming from a 2004 encounter with former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. The judge overseeing the case declared a mistrial on June 17, but District Attorney Kevin R. Steele immediately announced plans to retry the case.

In the meantime, Cosby plans to embark on a series of town halls, which were initially announced as a way to educate people about sexual assault. “This is bigger than Bill Cosby. You know, this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today,” Cosby’s publicist Andrew Wyatt said on a Birmingham, Alabama morning news program.

During a later appearance on CNN, Cosby’s reps said the meetings would not address sexual assault, but would serve as an attempt to restore his “legacy.”