SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Judy Huth recalled being distraught whereas describing an allegation that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her close to a sport room on the Playboy Mansion in 1975.
While shedding tears, Huth testified in a civil trial towards Cosby on Tuesday that he molested her when she was 16. She claims Cosby tried to place his hand down her tight pants, uncovered himself earlier than he pressured Huth to the touch him sexually on a mattress in a “blue room,” which she says was adjoining to the sport room.
“He forced himself on me,” recalled Huth, whose testimony got here within the Los Angeles County trial over a lawsuit she filed. Cosby denies her allegations.
“I was shocked to say the least,” she stated.
Huth, 64, stated the incident occurred after she and her highschool pal, Donna Samuelson, accompanied Cosby on a go to to the mansion. She stated he gave them a tour of the mansion and sport room earlier than they performed some video games together with Donkey Kong, and he or she went to the restroom. She then stated Cosby pressured her to carry out a intercourse act within the bed room.
The trial represents one of many final remaining authorized claims towards Cosby after his Pennsylvania prison conviction was thrown out by an appeals courtroom final yr, and his insurer settled many different lawsuits towards his will. He will not be attending the trial, and won’t testify, however elements of a video deposition he gave shortly after the 2014 lawsuit was filed will probably be performed.
During Huth’s testimony, she stated Cosby saved pursuing her after she informed him that she was “15 or 16” years outdated. She claims to have informed Cosby that she was on her menstrual cycle – despite the fact that she was not – in hopes that he would cease.
“I was trying to deflect,” she stated. “But he didn’t stop. I just closed my eyes. … It was so fast. Maybe five minutes. Quick.”
Afterwards, Huth stated Cosby walked out the room earlier than she finally adopted him to the grotto space of the mansion, the place each took a photograph – which was proven in courtroom. As Huth regarded on the picture, she stated felt “mad, duped and foolish.”
“I felt let down. I was hurt,” she stated. The picture – which has been proven to jurors a number of occasions – has Cosby sporting a pink beanie and smiling subsequent to the teenage Huth.
During cross examination, Cosby’s legal professional Jennifer Bonjean accused Huth of being a liar a number of occasions for delivering two variations of her story. The preliminary lawsuit filed in 2014 alleged that the incident came about in late 1973 or 1974, when Huth was 15 and Samuelson 16.
A number of weeks earlier than the trial started, Huth and her attorneys stated that additional investigation of the proof allowed them to find out that it truly occurred within the spring of 1975, when Huth was 16 and Samuelson 17.
Bonjean accused Huth of evaluating tales with Samuelson earlier than she spoke with the Los Angeles Police Department in 2016. Huth refuted Bonjean’s declare.
“You lied about the date, the year this happened and your age,” Bonjean stated.
Huth stated she wished to depart the mansion. However, she stated she elected to remain as a result of there was no different transportation out of Samuelson, who drove and wasn’t prepared to depart.
Huth stated the alleged incident with Cosby was nonetheless on her thoughts. But since Cosby left for an occasion and each stayed, they became their swimsuits and took a swim earlier than taking part in backgammon with a pair ladies. She says one of many ladies sporting a purple gown was accompanied by actor Peter Lawford.
Bonjean stated that’s when Huth lied about her age to the ladies, telling them she was 19.
“You misrepresented your age,” Cosby’s legal professional stated.
Bonjean stated Huth is now telling her aspect of the story due to financial causes. But Huth refuted that concept, saying she didn’t inform anybody – together with her father – in regards to the alleged sexual abuse for years till she noticed different ladies step ahead with their story and her son’s fifteenth birthday, which she says “triggered” her.
“I went back to being irritable,” she stated. “I went back to blaming myself. I became a loner.”
The Associated Press doesn’t usually title individuals who say they’ve been sexually abused, until they arrive ahead publicly, as Huth has.
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