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Bill Cosby found liable in civil sex case

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.

A Los Angeles County jury in a civil trial ruled in favour of Judy Huth, who is now 64, and awarded her $US500,000 (more than AU$717,000).

Jurors found Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Ms Huth, that he reasonably believed she was under 18, and that his conduct was driven by unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in a minor. The original filing claimed that the incident happened in 1974 when Huth was 15 years old, but the timeline was later revised to 1975 when Huth was 16.

Ms Huth’s lawsuit was one of the last remaining legal claims against him after his insurer settled many others against his will.

Cosby did not attend the trial or testify in person, but short clips from 2015 video deposition were played for jurors, in which he denied any sexual contact with Ms Huth.

Since 2005, more than 50 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault. After being convicted of assaulting Andrea Constand in Philadelphia, Cosby served just under three years in a Pennsylvania state prison before his conviction was overturned on appeal. He was released from prison in September 2021. This is the first civil case by any Cosby accuser to make it to trial.

Source: ABC, Nine News

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