Bill Cosby was found guilty by a jury in Los Angeles of sexually assaulting a female at the Playboy Mansion party in the 1970s when she was 16 years old. Judy Huth, the complainant, reportedly brought the civil lawsuit against the disgraced actor and comedian.
The jury also ordered Cosby to pay Huth $500,000 in damages. Punitive damages, however, were not given to the plaintiff.
The action was initially filed by Huth in 2014. She accused the person of intentional and careless infliction of emotional anguish as well as sexual battery. The plaintiff was 15 years old when Cosby allegedly sexually abused her in 1974, according to the initial lawsuit. But 1975 was added to the incident’s timeframe. Huth was likewise given a new age of 16.
However, Cosby’s attorneys have continued to assert that the 84-year-old is innocent of the sexual assault claims.
Huth claimed in her complaint that they first met while Cosby was filming a movie in a nearby park. The accusation said that Cosby invited Huth and her friend to his tennis club after he formed friendships with the couple. Huth asserted that after inviting them to a different home, where he allegedly served them numerous alcoholic beverages, Cosby then drove them to the Playboy Mansion.
Hugh also stated Cosby was aware of her age as well as that of her companion. She asserted that the comedian instructed them to respond “19” to any Playboy bunny inquiries on their age.
According to CNN, the plaintiff claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her in the mansion’s bedroom. She claimed the comedian took her to the room in question.
Huth expressed her “elation” at the court’s judgment in response to the verdict, telling reporters. She continued, “There have been so many years and tears.”
The case “proves that you can run but you can’t hide,” according to Nathan Goldberg, Huth’s attorney.
Cosby’s attorney, Andrew Wyatt, stated that the comedian welcomes the court’s decision even though the verdict did not go their way. Because they did not receive punitive damages, Wyatt claimed that what happened today wasn’t a triumph.
Cosby was sentenced in September 2018 to three to 10 years in prison on three counts of aggravated assault for drugging and sexually abusing former basketball player, Andrea Constand, in his home in 2004. But in June of last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction, opening the door for his eventual release.
When the seven-member Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined in 2018 that the Cosby Show actor had not received a fair trial, he had already spent more than two years of his sentence. The justices decided there was a “process violation” because Cosby’s lawyers had established an agreement with a prior state prosecutor that he would not be charged in the case. But in 2015, a prosecutor pursued charges when evidence from Constand’s legal complaint against the actor became public, according to the BBC.
Huth is the first Cosby accuser whose civil lawsuit against him got to trial.