Playboy logs pivotal as jury selection begins in Judy Huth's child sex abuse lawsuit against Bill Cosby
American stand-up comedian Bill Cosby is set to return to court to fight the civil lawsuit filed by Judy Huth. The 64-year-old woman from California claims that the 84-year-old actor sexually assaulted her in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles when she was only 16. Cosby has denied these allegations.
Huth's first filed the suit in 2014, but when Cosby was arrested in 2015 for sex crimes, her case, as well as other civil cases against him, were put on hold. As per Time, "Among the more than 60 accusations levied against Cosby, Huth’s is the only case that alleges child abuse. In addition, her case is one of the last civil suits that Cosby faces. The others were either settled out of court, dropped, or dismissed."
Jury selection begins today in a civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby. Judy Huth claims he groped her at the Playboy Mansion when she was a teenager. Cosby has denied the allegations. pic.twitter.com/trqL1q86yD— HLN (@HLNTV) May 23, 2022
According to the New York Times, the job of deciding who is credible will fall to a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court as the scheduled civil trial against Cosby, based on Huth's accusations, will start soon. "I think that Judy's trial may be our last stand for justice and seeing accountability come to fruition in our stand against Bill Cosby," Victoria Valentino told the news outlet. Valentino had accused Cosby of drugging and then raping her in Los Angeles in 1969.
Huth initially stated that she met Cosby when she was 15 and that the incident happened in 1974, but in a recent court filing, Huth revised her statement and stated that she believes she was 16 at the time. "Ms. Huth's revised timeline, which says Mr. Cosby assaulted her when she was 16 rather than 15, should not affect her ability to pursue the suit since the law views a 16-year-old as a minor," says Gloria Allred, Huth's lawyer.
In court papers, Judy Huth's recollection regarding when the alleged encounter occurred has changed, initially alleging it was 1974, when she was 15, more recently alleging 1975, when 16. Mr. Cosby does not deny they were together at Playboy Mansion but denies her allegations.— Graham Bowley (@Graham_Bowley) May 22, 2022
Cosby's lawyers stated they felt 'ambushed' by the sudden change in Huth's account because their research establish Cosby and Huth's whereabouts in 1974. As per the lawyers, the log books from the Playboy Mansion for 1974 do not list either Ms. Huth or her friend as having visited. "We feel confident that the Playboy records along with Ms. Huth changing her timeline of events from 1974 to 1975 in the 11th hour will vindicate Mr. Cosby," said Mr. Wyatt, spokesman for Cosby.
"While defendant does not deny that he socialized with plaintiff at the Playboy Mansion, as he did other women and men who frequented the club, defendant vehemently denies that plaintiff was underage," Cosby's lawyers state in the court papers. Huth claims to have changed the timeline because she recently realized that the filming of the movie 'Let's Do It Again' took place later than she had previously recalled. She said that she realized it as a result of the documents put forward by Cosby.
#23May | Bill Cosby, actor y comediante estadounidense, fue acusado de abuso sexual por parte de Judy Huth, quien afirmó que Cosby la atacó en la mansión Playboy en 1970, cuando ella tenía 15 años de edad.— El Diario (@eldiario) May 23, 2022
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As per the New York Times, the trial is expected to last two weeks, and Huth, who is seeking damages from Cosby, is expected to testify, along with the friend who accompanied her to the Playboy Mansion. During pretrial hearings, Huth had asked for a bench trial, but the trial will be in front of a 12-person jury, with at least 9 of 12 votes needed for a verdict.