Bill Cosby loses sex assault lawsuit
A civil jury has found that disgraced comedian Bill Cosby sexually abused a teenage girl in 1975, ordering him to pay $500,000 to the victim
Jurors have found that comedian Bill Cosby sexually abused a young girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975, awarding $500,000 to his accuser following days of deliberation. A series of women have come forward with similar allegations in recent years, resulting in a 2018 prison sentence that was later overturned.
verdict reached on Tuesday, a civil jury in California agreed that Cosby, then 37-years-old, intentionally engaged in “sexually offensive contact” with accuser Judy Huth, who was just 16 at the time of the incident in 1975.
“as part of a game,” and proceeded to bring her to a bedroom, alone, where he forced her to perform a sexual act.
“Definitely forcefully. It was not what I wanted, at all. I had my eyes closed at that time. I was freaking out,” Huth told the jury of the encounter.
Not only did jurors find that Cosby intentionally caused harm to Huth, but that he was likely aware she was a minor at the time. Though he did not attend in person, the case marks the first civil suit against the comedian successfully brought to trial. He has been accused of various forms of sexual misconduct by at least 60 women.
“a complete and utter fabrication.” They questioned why she remained at the mansion for several hours after the alleged assault, and suggested Huth was not credible, as she initially got the year of the incident wrong.
“This was a huge victory for us because they was [sic] looking for millions of dollars,” spokesman Andrew Wyatt told Fox News, adding “That amount will not cover the legal bills and we will be appealing that matter,” and that “Mr. Cosby will not be paying punitive damages.”
“happy as can be” following the decision, telling Fox “Victory is right. Love it.”
Cosby, now 84 years old, was previously sentenced to up to 10 years in state prison on charges linked to drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. After three years behind bars, his criminal conviction was overturned last year by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which found that the entertainer’s right to due process was violated during the case. Cosby has maintained his innocence and denies all allegations of misconduct.