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Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old At Playboy Mansion In 1975

Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old At Playboy Mansion In 1975

Judy Huth first sued the actor previously touted as "America's Dad" in 2014.

Trigger Warning: This story contains details of sexual assault that may be disturbing to readers.

On Tuesday, a jury in California found Bill Cosby guilty of sexually assaulting Judy Huth in 1975 when she was just 16 years old. Cosby himself did not testify in the trial and was not in attendance as the verdict was read in the Santa Monica courtroom. After passing their verdict, the jury awarded Huth, now 64, $500,000 in damages.

According to Deadline, Cosby’s representative Andrew Wyatt said, “This was a huge victory for us because they was (sic) looking for millions of dollars. That amount will not cover the legal bills and we will be appealing that matter. However, Mr. Cosby will not be paying punitive damages.”



 

 

Huth's lawyer Gloria Allred thanked many after the verdict and said, "I want to thank all of the women who spoke out over the years, and refused to be silent in the face of what they believed to be injustice and sexual abuse by powerful men."

She added, "The late United States Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, once said, 'Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.' Today our client, Judy Huth, won real change because she fought Bill Cosby one step at a time over seven and a half years, and she proved with the jury’s verdict that Mr. Cosby did sexually assault her when she was a minor, and that he should be held accountable for what he did to her. We are proud of Ms. Huth and our victory against Bill Cosby."



 

 

Huth first came forward in 2014 accusing Cosby of abuse when she was underage and filed a civil lawsuit against him.  She alleged that the former comedian molested her in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion (Hugh Hefner's famed Holmby Hills estate) when she was just 16 years old. The former The Cosby Show star allegedly told the girls to say they were 19 if anyone asked.

PEOPLE reports that California law allows those who survived underage sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits decades after the alleged incidents take place even though the statute of limitations had expired for a criminal case.



 

 

Cosby served nearly three years in prison after previously being convicted of sexual assault. Andrea Constand, a staff member at Cosby's former university alleged that the 84-year-old had drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, home in 2004. A mistrial was declared in June 2017 and a retrial took place in 2018. Months later, the TV personality was sentenced to a total of three to 10 years in prison. But after serving a couple of years in jail Pennsylvania's highest court overturned his conviction for sexual assault after which he was released from the prison.

In the previous deposition, Cosby had admitted he gave quaaludes to women with whom he wanted to have sex but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had characterized that using this statement from the previous deposition as a due process violation. More than 60 women have said that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them over the decades, reports Deadline



 

 

References:

https://deadline.com/2022/06/bill-cosby-verdict-judy-huth-playboy-mansion-assault-trial

https://people.com/crime/bill-cosby-found-guilty-of-sexually-assaulting-teen-at-playboy-mansion-in-1975

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