A California judge awarded victims $500,000 in damages in the 84-year-old comedian’s major legal defeat.
A California jury has convicted comedian Bill Cosby of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.
On Tuesday, a civil court awarded Judy Huth, 64, $500,000 in damages.
“It was torture,” Hus said of the seven-year legal battle. “To get ripped, you know, to be thrown under a bus and go backwards. For me, that’s a huge win.”
Jurors found that Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Huth, that he had reason to believe she was under the age of 18, and that his behavior was motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in a minor.
The decision is a major legal failure for the 84-year-old entertainer, once dubbed America’s father.almost a year after his Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Criminalization was thrown out, he was get out of prisonHuth’s lawsuit is one of the last remaining legal claims against him after his insurance company settled many others against his will.
Cosby did not appear at the trial or testify in person, but played a short clip of a 2015 video testimony for jurors in which he denied having any sexual contact with Huss. He went on to deny the allegation through his attorney and publicist.
The comedian’s attorneys agreed that Cosby met Huss and her high school friends in an April 1975 Southern California film and took them to the Playboy Mansion a few days later.
Huth’s friend Donna Samuelson, a key witness, was photographed at Huth and Cosby’s mansion, which featured prominently in the trial.
Huth testified that in the bedroom next to the games room where the three were hanging out, Cosby tried to put her hand on her pants before exposing herself and forcing her to have sex.
Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, challenged Huth’s claims throughout the trial, including changing the timeline.
In filing the lawsuit in December 2014, Huth said the incident took place in 1974, when she was 15 years old. However, she told jurors she recently concluded that she was wrong about the year and believed it actually happened a year later.
Cosby is best known for playing the lovely husband and father on the 1980s TV comedy series The Cosby Show.
But after more than 50 women accused him sexual assault the past five years.