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Jury Finds Bill Cosby Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Teenager At The Playboy Mansion In 1975

Jury Finds Bill Cosby Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Teenager At The Playboy Mansion In 1975

The disgraced comedian has to pay $500,000 in damages to Judy Huth, who was 16 when she was sexually assaulted by Cosby.

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1975. The verdict comes after a two-week-long trial examining all the evidence and testimonies. While Cosby himself wasn't there to hear the verdict, his representatives were present at the scene. 



 


According to The New York Times, the jury awarded Judy Huth, who was 16 when she was sexually assaulted by the disgraced comedian, $500,000 in damages as part of its decision. "I feel vindicated," a smiling Huth told a reporter in the courtroom as she stood beside her lawyer, Gloria Allred, of the Allred, Maroko & Goldberg law firm. "It's a big, big step forward for all the victims out there," she said. "It's about time he has paid for what he has done to so many women."

Meanwhile, Cosby's lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, called the case a difficult one. "It is extraordinarily difficult to defend against ancient claims," she said. However, she expressed satisfaction in not having to pay extra punitive damages. "We do feel some relief," Bonjean said. "Finding no punitive damages was a significant win for us."



 

Once known to millions as "America's Dad," Cosby was charged with sexual battery and more by Huth back in 2014. She alleged that Cosby took her and a friend, Donna Samuelson, to the Playboy Mansion—Hugh Hefner's famed Holmby Hills estate—when they were teenagers. They had met him on the film set of Let's Do It Again in a park near their homes, where he invited them to his tennis club days later and then took them to the house he was staying in at the time. Huth and Samuelson stated that they played a game at the residence involving drinking beer every time they lost in Billiards. Following this, they were asked to accompany Cosby to the Playboy Mansion. "Are you girls ready for your surprise?" he said, Huth testified in court at the trial. "I had no clue what it could be."



 


Once at the mansion, Huth asked if she could use the bathroom, she said, and when she came out, found Cosby on the bed beckoning her to come over. She testified that he then forced her to perform a sex act on him. "I had my eyes closed at that point," Huth said in court. "I was freaking out." Afterward, she said, she was "mad—I felt duped, fooled. I was let down. I was hurt." The Cosby Show star has denied these allegations, even going as far as to say in a video deposition taken in 2015 that he doesn't know Huth and could not recall taking her to the Playboy Mansion. However, according to Deadline, the plaintiff's lawyers produced photographs showing Huth and Cosby together, taken by Samuelson.



 

In a case similar to this, Cosby's lawyers got another sexual assault case thrown out on "due process grounds." Andrea Constand, who was an administrator with the Temple University women's basketball team, has detailed her experiences saying she thought of Bill as a mentor and was drugged and assaulted by him in his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, home in 2004. Overturning the comedian's conviction in that case, the court stated that Cosby had been subject to "an unconstitutional 'coercive bait-and-switch," which the court characterized as a "due process violation." He was then released from prison last June, PEOPLE reported

This was one of the reasons why the Huth case felt like a victory for all the other women who have accused Cosby of assault. "It's been torture," Huth told Associated Press of the seven-year legal fight. "To be ripped apart, you know, thrown under the bus and backed over. This, to me, is such a big victory."



 

Cosby has previously admitted to giving quaaludes—which was used as a recreational drug in the 1960s and 1970s—to women he wanted to have sex with. When the sedative pill first reached the States, it was used to treat anxiety and insomnia, BBC reported. However, they became so popular that the US banned them over 30 years ago. In the 70s, it earned the nickname "disco biscuits" and had a unique selling point that made it distinct from other sedatives. "It got the reputation of relaxing people so that they can have freer sex," revealed David Herzberg, professor of history at the University at Buffalo. 



 

Following the most recent verdict, a group of four women—who said they represented dozens of Cosby’s sexual abuse victims celebrated the verdict—celebrated outside the courthouse. Chelan Lasha, who testified against Cosby in the Pennsylvania case, said she was also drugged and assaulted by him when she was 17. Expressing her happiness over this monumental victory, she said: "He's a boogeyman, he's a sexual predator, he's a deviant. He's horrible. It's one more victory. I came here to stand with Judy. I'm proud of Judy. I’m glad for the outcome."



 

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