Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a teenager at the Playboy Mansion, jury finds

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Bill Cosby was convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.

Judy Huth, now 64, was awarded $500,000 damages for emotional distress by a civil jury in Santa Monica, California.

Ms Huth testified that the comedian invited her and a 17-year-old friend to the mansion when he was 37.

She said they met at a park where Cosby was filming and he fed them booze before taking them to the mansion.

Ms Huth said he then told them that ‘if any of the Playboy Bunnies asked his age, he should say he was 19’.

She said he then took her to a bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

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Cosby, now 84, became known as “America’s Dad” because of his role as Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” which ran from 1984 to 1992.

Dozens of women, including aspiring actresses and models, later brought charges against him.

In 2018, he was jailed for between three and 10 years for indecently assaulting a female basketball coach at his Philadelphia home in 2004.

He was the first celebrity convicted and convicted of a sex crime after the dawn of the MeToo movement.

Last year, that conviction was overturned and he was released from prison.

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The latest case was the first civil decision against the artist.

Ms Huth said her long legal battle had been “torture”.

She added: “It’s been so many years, so many tears. For me, this is such a big win.”

Jurors found Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Ms Huth. They concluded that he reasonably believed that she was under 18 and that her conduct was motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in a minor.

Cosby did not testify or appear in court.

He continues to deny the allegations and his lawyers have said he will appeal.

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Andrew Wyatt, his spokesman, said: “What happened today was not a victory [for Ms Huth]because they didn’t get the punitive damages.”

During the case, Ms Huth’s lawyer, Nathan Goldberg, told the jury of nine women and three men that his client ‘deserved Mr Cosby to be held accountable for what he had done’.

The case never went to criminal prosecution because the statute of limitations had passed by the time Ms Huth made an allegation to the police.

However, California law allows adults who say they were sexually abused as minors to file civil lawsuits years later.

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