Nearly two weeks after Judy Huth shared her experience with comedian and actor Bill Cosby in which she claimed he sexually assaulted her after inviting her to a party at the Playboy Mansion when she was just 16 years old, a jury has come to a decision. Huth first filed the case in 2014, claiming sexual battery and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, CNN reported.
As NBC News reports, a jury found that Cosby did sexually assault Huth when she was 16 in 1975 and that Cosby was liable for damages. She was awarded $500,000 in damages with no punitive compensation.
Jury Finds Bill Cosby Guilty Again
As Mamas Uncut previously reported, Now, Judy Huth shared her alleged experience with Cosby in civil court two weeks ago. In her testimony, Huth revealed she met Cosby while she and a 17-year-old friend were watching a movie being filmed in San Marino park.
Huth continued saying Cosby approached her and her friend at the park and asked them to come sit with him. Huth alleges that after hanging out, Cosby invited them to meet him the following Saturday at his tennis club.
It was at the tennis club that Cosby reportedly severed them drinks with alcohol while they played billiards. Huth, who was only a minor at the time, said the actor made her drink a beer every time he won.
After playing at the tennis club, Huth said Cosby revealed he had a surprise for them. The actor took the girls to the Playboy Mansion.
Because Huth wasn’t of age, she claims Cosby instructed her to say her age was 19 if anyone asked. After arriving at the Playboy Mansion, Cosby allegedly directed her toward a bedroom with a bathroom in it after she said she needed one.
After coming out of the bathroom, Huth said Cosby was waiting on the bed for her. After Cosby asked her to sit down next to him, Huth alleges that Cosby sexually molested her on that bed.
“He patted the seat next to him,” she said in court on Tuesday, The New York Times reports. “I sat down. He tried to lean me back, he tried to kiss me, he tried to put his hands underneath my belly button where my high-waisted pants were.”
In her description of the assault, Huth said, “He pulled his sweats down, grabbed my hand, put it over his hand, closed it,” she continued in her testimony. “I was trying to deflect. But he didn’t stop. I just closed my eyes. … It was so fast. Maybe five minutes. Quick.”
During cross-examination, Cosby’s lawyer Jennifer Bonjean accused her of telling conflicting versions of the alleged assault.
“I don’t lie,” Huth said with tears in her eyes. “It’s like trash,” she added while talking about pushing how she’s worked to forget the traumatic experience. “You dig a hole and throw trash in it.”
Cosby has denied the allegations.
This civil suit comes nearly one year after the PA Supreme Court overturn Bill Cosby’s molestation conviction. As Mamas Uncut previously reported, the retired actor—best known for his role as Dr. Huxtable on The Cosby Show—was originally sentenced to three to 10 years after being convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.
During his original 2018 trial, the judge allowed five other Cosby accusers to testify. It was the PA Supreme Court that argued those testimonies tainted the trial, resulting in their decision to overturn the original conviction.
After nearly 3 years in prison, Cosby was then released following his conviction being overturned. The actor is now 84 years old.
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