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Cosby lawyer casts doubt on comedian's 'town hall' events

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/27/2017 By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press
FILE - In this June 17, 2017 file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday, June 27, to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 17, 2017 file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday, June 27, to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Bill Cosby's so-called town hall tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.

Gloria Allred, attorney for Judy Huth, who alleges entertainer Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, describes the relative degree of proof needed in a civil case as opposed to a criminal one, outside Los Angeles Superior Court before a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) © The Associated Press Gloria Allred, attorney for Judy Huth, who alleges entertainer Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, describes the relative degree of proof needed in a civil case as opposed to a criminal one, outside Los Angeles Superior Court before a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Attorney Angela Agrusa said after a hearing to set a trial date in a sex abuse lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the comedian that she "can't imagine" Cosby's legal team would let him perform or speak publicly as representatives said he planned to do this summer.

Angela Agrusa, attorney for entertainer Bill Cosby, who is accused of sexual assault by Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, speaks outside Los Angeles Superior Court after a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) © The Associated Press Angela Agrusa, attorney for entertainer Bill Cosby, who is accused of sexual assault by Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, speaks outside Los Angeles Superior Court after a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

"He doesn't take lightly these criminal charges," Agrusa said. "He would never do anything that undermined the importance of this issue. I don't see him speaking publicly like that."

Gloria Allred, attorney for Judy Huth, who alleges entertainer Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, speaks outside Los Angeles Superior Court after a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) © The Associated Press Gloria Allred, attorney for Judy Huth, who alleges entertainer Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, speaks outside Los Angeles Superior Court after a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said by email that the legal team will not let him speak about sexual assault. He did not say if the public events would go forward.

Gloria Allred, left, attorney for Judy Huth, who alleges entertainer Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, speaks with Cosby's attorney Angela Agrusa, outside Los Angeles Superior Court after a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) © The Associated Press Gloria Allred, left, attorney for Judy Huth, who alleges entertainer Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, speaks with Cosby's attorney Angela Agrusa, outside Los Angeles Superior Court after a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Talk of the forums after a jury deadlocked in Pennsylvania in the criminal case sparked a backlash from groups that advocate for sexual assault victims and educate about sexual abuse.

Angela Agrusa, attorney for entertainer Bill Cosby, who is accused of sexual assault by Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, speaks outside Los Angeles Superior Court after a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) © The Associated Press Angela Agrusa, attorney for entertainer Bill Cosby, who is accused of sexual assault by Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago, speaks outside Los Angeles Superior Court after a hearing, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. The purpose of the hearing was to set a trial date in the civil case. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Spokespeople for Cosby and his wife had said the forums — at least one planned in Birmingham, Alabama, next month when Cosby turns 80 — were aimed at educating young people how to stay out of trouble and be aware of changing sex assault laws.

After those plans were criticized, though, a spokeswoman said the meetings were never intended to be about sexual assault but an effort to restore Cosby's legacy.

The comedian and actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role on "The Cosby Show" as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable has had his reputation tarnished with accusations of sexual abuse by nearly 60 women.

One of those accusers is Judy Huth, who accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles around 1974 when she was 15.

Judge Craig Karlan tentatively scheduled that trial for July 30 next year with the expectation it would occur after a retrial in Pennsylvania. Cosby is due to give a second deposition in the case, but that won't occur until after the criminal case is concluded because he could assert his right not to testify against himself.

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania said they plan to retry Cosby, possibly this fall.

A mistrial was declared June 17 on charges Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand, the former Temple University director of women's basketball, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby said the encounter was consensual.

Cosby's legal team declared victory after the mistrial and then his representatives announced the town hall tour.

Huth's attorney Gloria Allred said if Cosby does stage public meetings, she may hold her own forums in those cities to discuss sexual assault.

"All I can say is, Mr. Cosby be careful what you wish for because if you go on that tour, I will be there," Allred said outside the Santa Monica courthouse.

Cosby is fighting lawsuits by 10 women on both coasts. Three have filed sexual battery or defamation cases in California, and seven have sued for defamation in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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