A California jury found Tuesday that entertainer Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion nearly five decades ago.
Judy Huth, now 64, was awarded $500,000 in damages after a jury in Santa Monica found that Cosby had molested her in 1975 when she was just 16 years old.
The case is one of the few legal actions pending against Cosby, 84, who has been accused of assault by dozens of women.
He was jailed in Pennsylvania in a separate criminal case in 2018, but was released last year when his conviction was overturned on a technicality.
During a two-week civil hearing, which Cosby did not attend, attorneys said the man once known as “America’s dad” accompanied Huth and his then-friend of 17 years, Donna Samuelson, to the mansion after to meet them in a movie. establish.
Cosby denied any wrongdoing and his attorneys emphasized apparent discrepancies in Hutch’s story, including that both teens spent up to 12 hours at the mansion after the alleged assault.
They also argued that Huth originally claimed the attack happened in 1974 when she was 15, but later said it happened the following year.
The case was never criminally prosecuted as the statute of limitations had passed by the time Huth spoke to police.
Huth was able to bring a civil suit under a California law that allows adults who say they were sexually abused as minors, but repressed what happened to them for years, to pursue such cases.
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