Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion after a two-week-long civil trial stemming from her 2014 lawsuit.
A twelve-person jury ruled against the former Jello spokesperson for sexually assaulting a sixteen-year-old girl in 1975, after he invited her to a party at Hugh Hefner’s famously sex-fueled estate.
Accuser Judy Huth, 64, was awarded $500,000 in civil damages for emotional distress caused by Cosby, 84, molesting her, despite allegedly being aware that she was under eighteen.
Huth testified that she and a 17-year-old friend met Cosby while he was filming a movie in Los Angeles. He reportedly invited them to a tennis club the next Saturday, where he was accused of making Huth drink an entire beer after every game of billiards he won against her.
She claimed that Cosby brought them to the Playboy Mansion as a “surprise,” where he instructed them to tell people they were 19, and set them loose in the game room. When Huth needed to use a restroom, he allegedly guided her to an adjacent bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, where he was waiting on the bed when she returned.
The victim said that Cosby exposed his genitals, attempted to put his hands down her pants, and forced her to perform a sex act on him. Huth told the jury that she tried to deter the assault by lying that she was menstruating at the time, but he was persistent.
“I was trying to deflect,” she told the court. “But he didn’t stop. I just closed my eyes… It was so fast. Maybe five minutes. Quick.”
Cosby did not attend the trial due to a medical condition, but denied the allegations, or knowing Huth in a 2015 deposition that was played for jurors.
“What is the word ‘know’, that I ‘know’ somebody?’Or that I met someone? Or that, while at Disneyland I met a hundred people and took pictures with them?” He testified.
“Or that, while I’m at the airport [where] I’m sitting, waiting to catch a plane and people come up and sit next to me, sit on me, put your arm around me, say hello and take a picture that later might show up somewhere somehow and that I know this person? No, sir,” Cosby continued. “It doesn’t mean that they were with me or that I was even with them.”
Cosby was released from a Pennsylvania correctional facility last year, when his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004, was overturned due to prosecutorial misconduct.