Bill Cosby Found Liable of Sexually Assaulting Woman at Playboy Mansion During the '70s

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Bill Cosby Found Liable of Sexually Assaulting Woman at Playboy Mansion During the '70s
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The verdict is in for Judy Huth's sexual assault case against Bill Cosby.

Nearly a month after the civil trial began, a jury in California found the Cosby Show star, 84, liable of sexually assaulting Huth at the Playboy Mansion during the '70s when she was a teenager, according to court documents obtained by E! News. The jury⁠—who deliberated for two days last week and started anew on June 20, when one juror with a prior commitment had to be replaced by an alternate⁠—awarded $500,000 to Huth in damages.

Cosby did not attend the trial in person, though he has denied Huth's allegations.

In a statement to E! News, Gloria Allred, whose law firm represented Huth, praised the 64-year-old's "courage and many sacrifices to win justice in this case" and shared her gratitude for "all of the women who spoke out over the years, and refused to be silent in the face of what they believed to be injustice and sexual abuse by powerful men."

"Today our client, Judy Huth, won real change because she fought Bill Cosby one step at a time over seven and a half years, and she proved with the jury's verdict that Mr. Cosby did sexually assault her when she was a minor, and that he should be held accountable for what he did to her," she said. "We are proud of Ms. Huth and our victory against Bill Cosby."

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The verdict comes almost a year after Cosby's 2018 criminal conviction for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand was vacated. Prior to the decision, the comedian served more than two of his three-to-10 year prison sentence before Pennsylvania's Supreme Court found that an agreement he had made with a previous prosecutor would have prevented him from being charged in the case.

At the time, Cosby's spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said in a statement, "This is what we have been fighting for and this is justice and justice for Black America."

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Huth first filed her lawsuit against Cosby in 2014, when multiple women came forward and accused the comedian of past sexual abuse and misconduct. Though the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office was not able file charges stemming from Huth's claims due to the expiration of statute of limitations, she was able to file a civil suit under California law.

The civil case⁠—which accused Cosby of ⁠sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress⁠—had been largely delayed while he was serving prison time. The trial started on June 1.

E! News has reached out to Cosby's attorneys for comment on the verdict but hasn't heard back.

For free, confidential help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or visit rainn.org.