Sexually abused teenagers: Bill Cosby found guilty

Sexually abused teenagers: Bill Cosby found guilty

US jury finds Bill Cosby (84) guilty of sexually abusing a teenager!

Santa Monica (USA) – A jury on Tuesday found in a civil trial that TV legend Bill Cosby (84, The Cosby Show) sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.

Victim Judy Huth (now 64) was awarded $500,000 in compensation. The jury found that Cosby deliberately engaged in ‘harmful sexual contact’ with Huth, that he should assume she was under 18 and that his conduct was guided by an ‘unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in a minor’ .

The jury’s decision is a major legal defeat for the 84-year-old entertainer, once hailed as America’s father. It comes nearly a year after he was convicted of sexual assault in Pennsylvania and released from prison. Huth’s trial was one of the last legal proceedings against him.

Bill Cosby und Judy HuthPhoto: /AP

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Bill Cosby and Judy Huth. Huth filed her lawsuit against the artist in 2014Photo: /AP

Cosby (worth an estimated $400 million) did not attend the trial or testify in person, but the jury heard short excerpts from a 2015 video interview in which he denied any sexual contact with Huth . He continues to deny the allegations through his lawyer and spokesperson.

Cosby’s attorneys agreed that Cosby met Huth and his high school sweetheart on a movie set in Southern California in April 1975 and took them to the Playboy mansion a few days later. Huth’s friend Donna Samuelson, a key witness, took photos at the mansion of Huth and Cosby, who played a major role in the trial.

Huth testified that in a bedroom adjoining a playroom where the three were together, Cosby attempted to put his hand down her pants, then exposed himself and forced her to perform a sex act.

Huth’s attorney, Nathan Goldberg, told jurors during Wednesday’s closing arguments that “my client deserves Mr. Cosby to be held accountable for what he has done.” Each of you knows in your heart that Mr. Cosby sexually abused Miss Huth,” Goldberg said.

The majority of the jury agreed, giving Huth a victory in a trial that lasted eight years and overcame many hurdles to even stand trial.

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