Jury in civil case finds Bill Cosby sexually assaulted teenager in 1975

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Jurors at a civil trial discovered Tuesday that Invoice Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old lady on the Playboy Mansion in 1975. 

The Los Angeles County jury delivered the decision in favor of Judy Huth, who’s now 64, and awarded her $500,000.

“It’s been torture,” Huth mentioned of the seven-year authorized battle. “To be ripped aside, you realize, thrown beneath the bus and backed over. This, to me, is such an enormous victory.”

Jurors discovered that Cosby deliberately brought about dangerous sexual contact with Huth, that he fairly believed she was beneath 18, and that his conduct was pushed by unnatural or irregular sexual curiosity in a minor. 

The jurors’ determination is a significant authorized defeat for the 84-year-old entertainer as soon as hailed as America’s dad. It comes practically a 12 months after his Pennsylvania felony conviction for sexual assault was thrown out and he was free of jail. Huth’s lawsuit was one of many final remaining authorized claims in opposition to him after his insurer settled many others in opposition to his will. 

Cosby didn’t attend the trial or testify in individual, however brief clips from 2015 video deposition had been performed for jurors, through which he denied any sexual contact with Huth. He continues to disclaim the allegation via his legal professional and publicist. 

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt mentioned they’d enchantment and he claimed that they had gained as a result of Huth didn’t win punitive damages.

Jurors had already reached conclusions on practically each query on their verdict kind, together with whether or not Cosby abused Huth and whether or not she deserved damages, after two days of deliberations on Friday. However the jury foreperson couldn’t serve additional due to a private dedication, and the panel needed to begin deliberating from scratch with an alternate juror on Monday. 

Cosby’s attorneys agreed that Cosby met Huth and her highschool good friend on a Southern California movie set in April of 1975, then took them to the Playboy Mansion a couple of days later. 

Huth’s good friend Donna Samuelson, a key witness, took photographs on the mansion of Huth and Cosby, which loomed giant on the trial.

Huth testified that in a bed room adjoining to a recreation room the place the three had been hanging out, Cosby tried to place his hand down her pants, then uncovered himself and compelled her to carry out a intercourse act. 

Huth filed her lawsuit in 2014, saying that her son turning 15 — the age she initially remembered being when she went to the mansion — and a wave of different ladies accusing Cosby of comparable acts introduced recent trauma over what she had been via as a teen. 

Huth’s legal professional Nathan Goldberg advised the jury of 9 ladies and three males throughout closing arguments Wednesday that “my consumer deserves to have Mr. Cosby held accountable for what he did.”

“Every of you is aware of in your coronary heart that Mr. Cosby sexually assaulted Miss Huth,” Goldberg mentioned. 

A majority of jurors apparently agreed, giving Huth a victory in a go well with that took eight years and overcame many hurdles simply to get to trial. 

Throughout their testimony, Cosby legal professional Jennifer Bonjean constantly challenged Huth and Samuelson over errors intimately of their tales, and a similarity within the accounts that the lawyer mentioned represented coordination between the 2 ladies.

This included the ladies saying in pre-trial depositions and police interviews that Samuelson had performed Donkey Kong that day, a recreation not launched till six years later.

Bonjean made a lot of this, in what either side got here to name the “Donkey Kong protection.”

Goldberg requested jurors to look previous the small errors intimately that he mentioned had been inevitable in tales that had been 45 years previous, and concentrate on the foremost points behind the allegations. He identified to jurors that Samuelson mentioned “video games like Donkey Kong” when she first talked about it in her deposition. 

The Cosby lawyer started her closing arguments by saying, “It’s on like Donkey Kong,” and completed by declaring, “recreation over.”

Huth’s legal professional reacted with outrage throughout his rebuttal.

“That is about justice!” he shouted, pounding on the rostrum. “We don’t want recreation over! We want justice!” 

(AP)

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