Actor and comedian Bill Cosby is helped as he leaves after a court appearance, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Elkins Park, Pa. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
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Civil lawsuits accusing Bill Cosby of sex abuse and defamation could do major damage to the entertainer's wealth, regardless of how a criminal prosecution plays out, lawyers who have handled similar cases said Thursday.Cosby, 78, has denied the criminal and civil allegations.In a statement on Wednesday, a lawyer for Cosby, Monique Pressley, denounced the charges as unjustified and said Cosby would be exonerated. A spokesman for Cosby declined to comment on Thursday.Some states cap awards, and a punitive award generally must be less than 10 times the compensatory award.Two of the pending civil suits allege that Cosby abused women.Cosby could ask that the civil suits be put on hold pending a criminal trial, but judges might not agree, in part because Cosby counter-sued some accusers, said Edwards, the Florida lawyer.A win in the criminal case would not mean Cosby is off the hook.
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