Jury Finds Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted 16-Year-Old Girl in 1975

A jury in California on June 21 found that comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted Judy Huth when she was a minor in 1975.

After three full days of deliberations and one substitution, the jury — comprised made up of eight women and four men — found Cosby liable in the civil case and awarded Huth $500,000 in damages.

There were no punitive damages awarded.

Cosby, 84, was not in the courtroom when the jury read the verdict.

Huth first filed the case in 2014, accusing Cosby of sexual battery and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Huth accused Cosby of sexually molesting her when she was 16 years old when he took her to an isolated bedroom at the Playboy mansion in 1975, following a chance meeting at a local park where he was filming a movie.

“I felt duped, fooled. I was let down. I was hurt,” Huth, now 64, told the court in an emotional testimony.

Cosby did not testify in the two-week civil trial, claiming his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Sources told Deadline that Cosby is almost certain to appeal the verdict.

The civil case is the first by any Cosby accuser to make it to trial.

Since 2005, over 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault.

In 2018, a jury convicted Cosby of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in Philadelphia, but he only served just under three years in Pennsylvania state prison before an appellate panel overturned his conviction on due process grounds.

Cosby was released from prison in September 2021.


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