In video testimony shown to jurors Wednesday at a civil trial, Bill Cosby denied sexually abusing a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s.
Asked by a lawyer for Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby, no matter how hard he tried to get his hand down Huth’s pants, Cosby quickly and clearly replied “no.” When asked if he would reveal himself and force her to touch him sexually, Cosby replied “no” in a similar way.
When asked if it was possible these things happened but Cosby doesn’t remember them, Cosby replied “no.”
“Why can’t that happen?” Huth’s attorney Nathan Goldberg asked.
“Because,” Cosby replied, “the fact that this young lady is saying she told me she was 15 years old.”
In another clip, Goldberg asks Cosby if he intentionally had sex with girls under the age of 18 in the mid-1970s. Cosby replied “no.” But he also said “no” when asked if he would guarantee the people he sought sexual relationships with were 18 years old.
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At the time of the video recording, on October 9, 2015, Huth asserted that the sexual abuse took place in 1973 or 1974, when she was 15 years old, but shortly before the trial, an examination of the evidence gave see it was in 1975, when she was 16 years old.
The 12-minute clip, which was played to a jury late Friday in the Los Angeles County trial, represents the first time Cosby’s voice has been heard during the proceedings. He wears a gray sports jacket with a shirt skirt and tie and sits at the table.
The 85-year-old actor and comedian did not attend the trial due to glaucoma that left him blind, his representative said. A judge also ruled that he could invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege and refuse to testify or make a second statement in the case the plaintiff had requested.
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Cosby said in the video that he did not remember meeting Huth or her friend Donna Samuelson, who testified earlier in the trial that they had met him on set, then met him a few days later at a tennis club, visited briefly. he was staying at then go with him to the villa.
When asked if being shown pictures of him with Huth at the mansion changed his answer as to whether he knew them, Cosby replied that it just made sense.
“What is the word “know” that I` `know’ someone?” Cosby said in a few of his lengthy replies in the video. “Or have I met someone? Or that, while at Disneyland, I met hundreds of people and took pictures with them? Or, when I’m at the airport, I’m sitting, waiting to catch the plane, and people come and sit next to me, sit on me, put their arms around me, say hello and take a picture that might show up later. That somehow and I know this person? No, sir.”
Cosby added, “It doesn’t mean they were with me or that I was even with them.”
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Two photos that Samuelson took of Cosby with Huth at the mansion were shown several times during the trial. Cosby’s attorney Gloria Bonjean has admitted he took the girls there, but both Bonjean and Cosby’s spokeswoman have repeatedly denied that any sexual interactions took place.
Huth’s attorneys settled their case after playing the video. Cosby’s attorneys will begin calling their witnesses on Thursday.
Huth, now 64, was present Wednesday earlier after testifying for much of Tuesday.
While cross-examining her, Bonjean challenged Huth about her time struggling with depression, showing that they were clearly not motivated by any abuse from Cosby.
Huth filed a lawsuit in 2014, saying that her son turning 15 that same year brought back traumatic memories of her sexual assault and led to subsequent depression.
Bonjean showed Huth medical records from 2011, 2012 and 2013, in which her doctor assessed her for major depression and prescribed her antidepressants.
“Can we agree that you had major depression before your son turned 15?” Bonjean asked Huth, who was on the witness stand in Los Angeles County court for the second day of the civil trial.
“I didn’t know that I did,” Huth said.
“So the medical records show that wouldn’t be accurate?” Bonjean asked.
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Huth repeatedly answered that and similar questions by saying that she did not remember dealing with depression or taking medication during those years, but admitted that the documents in front of her said she used to have it.
Bonjean also points to various potential causes of Huth’s depression.
“You’ve got a long history of trauma in your life that has nothing to do with Mr. Cosby, don’t you?” Bonjean asked.
“There’s nothing worse than that, that’s for sure,” replied Huth.
Huth’s lawsuit says she suffered psychological trauma from being abused by Cosby from 2014 when she began to worry about it and reminisce about it, until 2018 when he was sent to prison in a criminal case. Pennsylvania.
Goldberg, her attorney, asked her on Wednesday, “Did you know when you were 16 that what Mr. Cosby did to you was psychological damage?”
“No,” Huth replied. “I’m just a kid.”
The trial represents one of the last remaining legal claims against 85-year-old Cosby after his criminal conviction was handed down by an appeals court and he was released from prison last year, and the company His insurance settled many other lawsuits in his favor.
The Associated Press usually doesn’t name people who say they’ve been sexually abused unless they’ve made it public, as Huth has said.
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