Civil trial jurors find Bill Cosby sexually abused 16-year-old at Playboy Mansion in 1975

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Civil trial jurors found Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.

The Los Angeles County jury returned the verdict in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64, on Tuesday and awarded her $500,000.

The jury’s decision is a major legal defeat for the 84-year-old Cosby. It comes nearly a year after his criminal sexual assault conviction in Pennsylvania was thrown out and he was released from prison. Cosby did not attend the Los Angeles trial. He has repeatedly denied Huth’s allegations that he forced her to perform a sex act at the mansion.

“She won’t get a dime,” said Andrew Wyatt, Bill Cosby’s publicist. “What happened today was not a victory – they didn’t get the punitive damages. The victory was ours because we were able to disclose and show what this woman was. He there was no victory here.”

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Huth was backed by other Cosby accusers on Tuesday, each with their own story to tell.

“Bill Cosby, although his conviction was overturned, you cannot change the fact that the jury of his peers, after hearing all the evidence, all the witnesses, found him guilty of sexual assault,” he said. said Lili Bernard, an accuser of Cosby.

The jury deliberated for about four days, announcing late Friday that it had reached a partial verdict on all but one issue – relating to the issue of punitive damages against Cosby. But before Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan could even read a partial verdict at the trial, he instead had to dismiss the jury for the weekend due to a difficult closing time for the Santa courthouse. Monica.

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As a result, the jury had to return on Monday and restart its deliberations with an alternate member, as Karlan had previously agreed to allow a juror to be dismissed after Friday due to a prior recognizance.

With the substitute juror in place, the jury began deliberating again, without reaching a verdict on Monday, then heard brief arguments from lawyers on Tuesday morning on legal issues apparently related to the same problematic issue regarding the question of damages. punitive.

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On Tuesday afternoon, the jury said it was struggling to rule on the issue of punitive damages, but after being sent back for further discussion, it announced shortly after reaching a decision.

During the nearly two-week trial, Huth’s lawyers said Cosby – who is now 84 and legally blind – assaulted her in a game room at the mansion. Lawyers said Cosby escorted Huth and his 17-year-old friend, Donna Samuelson, to the mansion after meeting them in the area to film ‘Let’s Do It Again’ starring Jimmie Walker and Sidney Poitier.

The case was the first civil sexual abuse lawsuit against Cosby to reach a jury. Cosby did not attend any of the Santa Monica trials.

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