A woman who sued Bill Cosby for accusing him of sexually abusing her as a teenager was heartbroken and in tears afterward, her best friend testified.
Judy Huth, now 62, accuses Cosby sexually abused her at Playboy Mansion when she was 16 years old after meeting her and her best friend at a park in Los Angeles.
Ms. Huth sued him in 2014 and is seeking unspecified damages for sexual and emotional distress in a California civil trial.
The 84-year-old actor denies the allegations.
Donna Samuelson, Miss Huth’s best friend and 17 years old at the time, told the court she saw her crying and deeply distressed minutes after the alleged incident happened.
Mrs Samuelson, now 64, said: “She said ‘I want to go, I want to go,’ she cried.”
She said she initially felt angry that she had expected to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at the villa, but then Ms. Huth explained herself.
“She said that Bill Cosby tried to have sex with her,” said Samuelson, the first witness to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Ms Huth said the incident allegedly happened in a bedroom near the game room, where the three were playing billiards and video games.
Cosby tried to get his hand down her pants, then exposed herself and forced Ms Huth to touch him sexually, Ms Samuelson told the court.
She said she was distracted while playing a game and had no idea what happened.
‘I thought it would calm her down to go swimming’
Miss Samuelson took two pictures of Cosby and Huth together that day.
These images were the focus of the trial and were shown to the jury several times during the opening day.
Cosby’s beard and red beanie are clearly recognizable.
A lawyer for Cosby described the allegations as “completely fabricated and completely fabricated” and said the photos were the only reason the case existed.
In her preface shortly before Samuelson’s appearance, lawyer Jennifer Bonjean said: “This is a plan hatched by Judy Huth and estranged friend Donna Samuelson based on several photographs.
“You’ll know Judy Huth has been trying to monetize these photos for decades.”
The case is one of the last remaining legal claims against Cosby after he was convicted of sexual assault. was overturned last year and he was released from prison.
He was jailed in 2018 to drugged and sexually abused Andrea Constand, an employee at Temple University, his alma mater, at his home 14 years earlier.
He did not attend the civil trial and will not testify, but portions of the video he gave shortly after the 2014 lawsuit was filed will be played.
Ms. Samuelson testified that Cosby had met two girls on set at a park in Los Angeles a few days earlier, and invited them to a club where he would play tennis.
He took them to the mansion as a surprise and told them that if anyone asked their age they would say they were 18, even though no one did.
By the time Miss Huth told her story to Miss Samuelson, Cosby had left to attend an event without the girls, but had plans to return later.
Ms. Samuelson said she asked her friend if she wanted to go to the police or tell someone else, but Ms. Huth firmly replied no.
She convinces Mrs. Huth to stay at the mansion.
She said: “I think it will calm her down to go swimming and stuff. I said, ‘We’ll leave as soon as he comes back.”
The trial continued.