Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor

Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual abuse by nearly 60 women. Photo: AFP

A jury in California determined that the famous actor Bill Cosby was guilty of the sexual abuse of a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion nearly five decades ago.

Judy Huth, now 64 years old, received $500,000 in damages after a jury in Santa Monica found that Cosby had molested her in 1975, when she was just 16 years old.

The case is one of the legal actions that still weigh onBre Cosby, 84, who has been accused of assault by dozens of women.

It was andimprisoned in Pennsylvania in a separate criminal case in 2018, but was released last year when his conviction was overturned on a technicality.

During two weeks of civil hearings, which Cosby did not attend, attorneys said the man who became known as “America’s Dad” for his television show, accompanied Huth and her friend of 17 years, Donna Samuelsonto the mansion after meeting them on a film set.

Bill Cosby denied any wrongdoingand his attorneys pointed to apparent discrepancies in Huth’s account, including that both teens spent up to 12 hours at the mansion after the alleged assault.

They also argued that Huth had originally claimed that the attack had occurred in 1974.when he was 15 years old, but who later assured that the events happened a year later.

The case was never criminally prosecutedas the statute of limitations had passed when Huth spoke to the police.

Huth was able to file the civil suit under a California law that allows adults to say they were victims of sexual abuse when they were minors, but that they repressed what happened to them for years, and thus pursue these cases.

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Bill Cosby was a distinguished figure in 20th century American popular culture and achieved success cike the kindly doctor and father Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show”which aired from 1984 to 1992.

Near 60 women have publicly denounced Bill Cosby as a calculating serial sexual predator who supplied his victims with sedatives and alcohol to abuse them for four decades.