Bill Cosby Is Not Out of the Woods Just Yet: Civil Lawsuits Await Him


Last Saturday, Bill Cosby’s infamous sexual assault trial was declared a mistrial by Judge O’Neill, but reports from the Richmond Free Press indicate that Cosby is not out of the woods just yet. So far, at least ten women have come forth and placed defamation and assault claims against the former entertainer. The civil lawsuits were filed in California and Massachusetts. Many of Cosby’s accusers claim that his public denial of their allegations severely damaged their reputations. When regarding civil lawsuits, the plaintiffs are only responsible for thoroughly proving their case and “tipping the scales above 50 percent” in their own favor.

David Harris, a criminal justice expert, declared that the jury’s inability to reach a verdict does not necessarily clear Cosby of the charges being brought against him. “There may not be enough evidence for a criminal conviction, but that does not rule out a civil verdict,” he said. In order to establish Cosby’s pattern of drugging and raping women, the plaintiffs are using sworn statements from his accusers.