A California jury in a civil case dominated on Tuesday that Invoice Cosby sexually assaulted a lady on the Playboy Mansion in 1975, when she was a youngster and ordered the comic to pay her $500,000 in damages for emotional misery from the incident. This lawsuit was the primary civil case in opposition to Cosby to come back to trial. Learn extra: Comic Invoice Cosby says he drugged lady
The girl had testified that the once-beloved comic invited her and a buddy to the mansion when she was 16, and he was 37, and sexually abused her. The decision got here almost a yr after Cosby was free of jail when Pennsylvania’s highest court docket threw out his sexual assault conviction in a special prison case there. The girl introduced the case underneath a California legislation that enables individuals who declare they had been abused as youngsters to file civil circumstances years later as adults.
Invoice Cosby, 84, is greatest recognized for his function because the lovable husband and father within the Eighties tv comedy collection The Cosby Present, incomes him the nickname “America’s Dad.” However his family-friendly popularity was shattered after greater than 50 ladies accused him of sexual assaults over almost 5 many years.
The girl, now 64, stated she was “elated” by the ruling within the case, which she filed in 2014 after media experiences detailed allegations in opposition to Cosby by a number of ladies, reported Reuters. These experiences helped fire up reminiscences of her encounter with Cosby, she stated, and triggered 4 years of hysteria and different signs.
“It has been so a few years, so many tears,” she informed reporters exterior California Superior Court docket in Santa Monica. “It has been a very long time coming.”
The girl informed the jury that Cosby had invited her and the buddy to the mansion a number of days after they met the then-famous actor and comic at a public park. After she emerged from a toilet, Cosby took her hand and used it in a sexual act, she stated.
Cosby, who didn’t seem in individual on the trial, denied the allegation. His protection group will attraction the decision, his Andrew Wyatt stated.
“Mr. Cosby continues to take care of his innocence and can vigorously struggle these false allegations, in order that he can get again to bringing the pursuit of happiness, pleasure and laughter to the world,” Wyatt stated in an announcement.
Three different ladies who’ve accused Cosby of abuse attended the trial and informed reporters they felt vindicated by the decision.
The jury didn’t rule solely within the lady’s favour. By a 9-3 vote, they stated she had not supplied “clear and convincing proof” that Cosby had acted with “malice, oppression or fraud.” If jurors had voted sure on that query, they may have supplied extra punitive damages to her.
In video of a deposition proven to jurors, Cosby stated he didn’t bear in mind the girl. However he stated the incident couldn’t have occurred as a result of he wouldn’t have pursued sexual contact at the moment with somebody who was underneath age 18.
Cosby legal professional Jennifer Bonjean challenged the girl’s account all through the trial, together with her revised timeline. When the lawsuit was filed in December 2014, the girl stated the incident occurred in 1974, when she was 15. She informed jurors she not too long ago concluded that she had been mistaken concerning the yr and now believes it occurred in 1975.
(With Reuters inputs)