(Los Angeles) A jury in a California court on Tuesday found fallen American television star Bill Cosby guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1975.
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Judy Huth, now 64, is awarded $500,000 in damages.
This civil judgment is the only valid conviction so far of the former actor, now 84, who has been accused of various sexual assaults by dozens of women.
Convicted and jailed in another Pennsylvania sexual assault case in 2018, he was released in June 2021 after his conviction over procedural errors was overturned.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision, then dismissing an appeal in the case to the US Supreme Court, was seen by many as a snub to the #metoo movement against violence against women.
Bill Cosby has embodied the ideal father in the series for millions of Americans for years Cosby show.
In the California case, Bill Cosby did not attend the hearings, which lasted two weeks in a Santa Monica court.
Judy Huth’s defense claimed during the trial that the actor, who met on a movie set, made her drink a large quantity of alcohol before taking her to her boyfriend Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion and keeping them in a room the mansion sexually assaulted los angeles.
“Right after she sat up[on the bed]he jumped up … He tried to put his hands in her panties,” said Nathan Goldberg, Ms.me Hugo.
When the girl told him she was on her period, Bill Cosby let go of his penis and forced her to masturbate him, Ms added.e Goldberg.
No criminal investigations
Counsel for Bill Cosby denied any aggression on the part of their client and questioned the events described by the applicant, which began with the fact that the facts happened in 1974.
They also pointed out alleged inconsistencies in their report, including that she and a 17-year-old friend who was accompanying her stayed at the property for 12 hours after the described attack.
Since Judy Huth filed a complaint after the statute of limitations had expired in 2014, no criminal proceedings were initiated.
Memories of her client surfaced as the media broke other allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, Ms.e Goldberg.
In California, the law allows civil suits to be instituted for adults who recall childhood sexual assault, even if the statute of limitations has expired years ago.
An actress who had played the lead role Cosby show, Lili Bernard, filed a civil lawsuit against Mr Cosby in October 2021, accusing him of drugging and raping her more than 30 years ago. She is seeking $125 million in damages in a New Jersey court.
In total, about 60 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of being a calculating sex offender who abused his victims with alcohol and sleeping pills for decades.
The latter, a central figure in late 20th-century American popular culturee Century, has always denied and affirmed that the sexual relations were consensual.