A jury in California found that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted Judy Hoot at the Playboy Mansion in 1975 as a teenager. Huth, now 64, was awarded $ 500,000 after four bizarre days of deliberation. Although Cosby was accused of sexually harassing 60 women, this was the first civil case to go to trial. Cosby, who denies having sex, did not attend the trial in Santa Monica.
According to Tuesday’s verdict, jurors believe Cosby deliberately caused harmful sexual intercourse, that he reasonably believed that Hutt was under 18 and that the actor was driven by abnormal or abnormal sexual interest in a minor, according to the Associated Press. . It’s a big setback for the once beloved comedian, who was released last year. However, his spokesman called the verdict a “huge victory”.
“It was a huge victory for us because they [were] looking for millions of dollars. This amount will not cover the legal bills and we will appeal the matter. “Mr. Cosby will not pay punitive damages,” Andrew Wyatt told Yahoo Entertainment.
The jurors began the debate on Thursday. On Friday, a note was sent to the judge on a “personality issue” between two of the jurors that made the discussions difficult. By the end of the day, jurors had answered eight of the nine questions about their verdict, but were stuck on whether Cosby acted with “malice, oppression or fraud,” which could result in punitive damages. Subsequently, one of the 12 jurors was acquitted due to a previous commitment approved by the judge. An alternate juror took the place of the individual and the team had to start from scratch on Monday. The jury remained stuck on the same question.
Huth, who was 16 at the time of the incident, testified that Cosby abused her in a bedroom and forced her to have sex with him. He said he met the entertainer while filming a scene for the film Let’s do it again. He invited her along with a friend to the Playboy Mansion. Cosby was a regular there as he was best friends with Hugh Hefner, who had his own #MeToo moment last year. Cosby’s alleged robbery at the mansion took place The secrets of Playboy.
According to Huth, she was “scared” when a 37-year-old Cosby put her in a bedroom in the mansion.
“He tried to touch me back. He leaned back and then tried to come towards me and kiss me. Then he put his hands under my navel where my high pants are and tried to put his hands under the pants “, she testified, explaining that she was” shocked “.
“I was terrified and told him I had a period,” he said, adding that it was a lie. Huth testified that Cosby took off his pants and pressed her hand to his penis.
“Certainly by force. It was not what I wanted at all. I had my eyes closed at that time. I was terrified,” he shouted to the jury.
Cosby’s lawyers described Huth’s story as “a complete and utter construction” and wondered why she had stayed at the mansion for hours after the alleged attack. They also fired a shot at her credibility, as Huth initially made a mistake the year of the attack.
It has been almost a year since the man who was previously hailed as America’s father was released from prison when his conviction for sexual assault was overturned. In 2018, he was found guilty of drug and harassment of Andrea Constand at his home in 2004, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the conviction, believing that the prosecutor in the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to prosecute the actor. Cosby has claimed innocence and denies sexually assaulting any woman.