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Bill Cosby found guilty of sexually assaulting 16-year-old at Playboy Mansion in 1975

Bill Cosby found guilty of sexually assaulting 16-year-old at Playboy Mansion in 1975

The ruling was made in favor of Judy Huth after a two-week-long trial at a Santa Monica, California courtroom.

A civil jury has found Bill Cosby guilty of sexually abusing a teenager at the Playboy Mansion back in 1975. The ruling was made in favor of Judy Huth after a two-week-long trial at a Santa Monica, California courtroom. Huth, 64, alleged that Cosby had molested her in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion when she was only 16. This week, she was awarded $500,000 in damages.

The 64-year-old filed a civil lawsuit against the disgraced actor in 2014 seeking damages for the emotional distress his actions had caused her. In this lawsuit, Huth alleged that she met the former comedian in 1975 while watching the filming of a movie in a San Marino park in Los Angeles alongside a 17-year-old friend. 

Huth claimed that Cosby approached them and asked them to sit with him. Following this, he allegedly invited them over to his tennis club the following Saturday and there he "served them alcoholic beverages" while playing billiards. Huth alleged that she was required to drink a beer every time Cosby won.



 

 

After they were served multiple alcoholic beverages, Cosby told them he had a "surprise" in-store and brought them to Hugh Hefner's famed Holmby Hills estate, per the civil suit. Cosby then allegedly instructed the two to say they were 19 if anyone asked about their age.

At one point, Huth told Cosby she needed to use the restroom and he directed her to a bathroom connected with a bedroom suite. When she exited the bathroom, she found Cosby sitting on the bed. He instructed her to sit down and went on to sexually molest her with her consent, allegedly. 

While the statute of limitations had expired for a criminal case, the law in California allows victims of underage sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits even decades after the alleged incidents had occurred. 



 

In June last year, Cosby was released from prison after his conviction in the Andrea Constand case was reportedly overturned. According to PEOPLE, Constand was an administrator at the Temple University women's basketball team who claimed to have been drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, who she considered her mentor, in his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, home in 2004. 

While handing down the judgment, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not allow Cosby's statements from a previous deposition to be used in the case. Cosby had admitted to having given quaaludes to women with whom he wanted to have sex in the deposition in question but a prosecutor at the time had promised not to use this against him in exchange for sitting for the disposition. Thus, the court came to the conclusion that Cosby had been subjected to "an unconstitutional 'coercive bait-and-switch,'" something the court characterized as a "due process violation." 

Cover image source: Getty | Photo by David Maialetti

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