Bill Cosby found responsible for sexual assault in 1975
A Santa Monica (California) court found comedian Bill Cosby liable for sexually assaulting Judy Huth, a then 16-year-old woman, in 1975. According to the jury, Cosby knowingly provoked sexual contact with the young woman, knowing that she was a minor. Based on this fact, for the judges Cosby is “responsible” in this case, a term used in the courts to declare defendants guilty in civil lawsuits.
Los Angeles Supreme Court Justice Craig Karlan set at $500,000 the damages that Cosby must pay to Huth for this case of sexual assault that took place in one of the rooms of the famous Playboy Mansion, located in Los Angeles (California). Huth (64 years old at present) filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby in 2014 and, despite the fact that there were legal precedents against the also musician that invalidated the accusation for being time-barred, it was admitted by the jury because the Californian law extends the term for this type of lawsuits if the victim was a minor when the assault took place. Cosby has not appeared in any of the sessions of this trial, invoking the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which grants any individual the right not to testify if his words can be used to incriminate him of a crime.
In the first day of this litigation, held three weeks ago, Huth’s lawyer, Nathan Goldberg, argued that Cosby took advantage of spaces that were safe for the young woman, such as a public park and a game room, in order to gain her trust. According to the accusation, the comedian met Huth while she was playing sports with a friend, Donna Samuelson, during the filming of ‘Let’s Do It Again’ and, subsequently, Cosby invited them both to a game room in the mansion. “She told me that Bill Cosby had tried to have sex with her (…) and asked me to get out of there immediately,” Samuelson testified about this event in which the comedian tried to put Huth’s hand inside his pants and forced her to perform sexual practices on him.
This is one of the latest cases for alleged sex crimes facing Cosby, 84, who entered prison in 2018 for sexually abusing Canadian Andrea Constand, becoming the first celebrity to be jailed in the ‘MeToo’ era. Cosby was released last year after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction over a previous civil settlement in which he compensated the victim. After his release from prison, the comedian had expressed his intention to lead a campaign in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom for the “reform of Justice” and the “prison system” based on his own experiences.
In addition to this process, Cosby has another file open in New Jersey, where another actress accuses him of sexual abuse.