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A Los Angeles jury found Bill Cosby guilty in a case brought by Judy Huth, a woman who claimed the embattled comedian sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager in the 1970s.
The jury, which consisted of four men and eight women, awarded Huth $500,000 in damages. There were no punitive damages awarded.
Huth filed the initial claim in 2014, alleging sexual battery and the intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. According to the initial petition, Huth was 15 years old when the incident occurred, but that date was later amended to 1975, when he was 16.
Cosby, 84, has denied all claims of sexual assault through his attorneys.
In her allegation, Huth detailed meeting Cosby when he was filming a movie in a park. After becoming friends with Huth and a friend, Cosby allegedly convinced them to join him at his tennis club. Huth asserted that after inviting the young women to a house, the comedian provided them with a variety of alcoholic beverages before leading them to the Playboy Mansion.
Despite being aware of Huth’s and her friend’s ages, Cosby allegedly instructed the minors to “say they were 19” in the event that any Playboy bunnies enquired about their age.
Huth stated that Cosby had taken her to a luxury bedroom where he had sexually assaulted her.
Huth was happy as she briefly spoke with the media in front of a Santa Monica courthouse.
I was ecstatic, she said of the choice. According to Nathan Goldberg, a lawyer for Huth, this case “proves that you may flee, but you can’t hide.” “So many years, so many tears have passed.”
Onlookers harshly jeered Cosby’s spokesperson and attorneys as they made statements to the media.
Because Cosby was not present for the trial or the ruling, his team plans to file an appeal.
Since 2005, Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women. Cosby was convicted of molesting Andrea Constand in Philadelphia and sentenced to slightly under three years in a Pennsylvania state prison. Later, an appeal overturned his conviction. As a result, he was permitted to release from jail in September 2021.
This was the first civil case involving Bill Cosby accusers to go to trial.