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A civil jury on Tuesday sentenced American actor Bill Cosby to pay $500,000 (€474,000) for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.

Los Angeles County jurors ruled in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64.

It was discovered that Bill Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Judy Huth, that the actor believed the victim was under 18 and that his conduct was motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in a minor.

The jury’s decision is a major legal defeat for the 84-year-old artist, already hailed as America’s father.

Tuesday’s ruling comes nearly a year after his criminal conviction in Pennsylvania for sexual assault was dropped and he was released.

The Judy Huth lawsuit was one of the last remaining legal claims against Bill Cosby after his insurer settled many cases against his will.

Bill Cosby did not appear in court or testify in person

The actor did not appear at the trial or testify in person, but short video depositions from 2015 were shown in which he denied any contact with Judy Huth. Bill Cosby continues to deny the allegations.

Bill Cosby’s lawyers agreed that the artist met Judy Huth at a movie in Southern California in April 1975 and was taken to the Playboy Mansion a few days later.

Most jurors apparently agreed, giving Judy Huth a victory in a case that took eight years and overcame many obstacles to reach trial.

The civil trial began on May 24, 2022.

Judy Huth said she was sexually assaulted by the actor, who for years played the ideal father on the “Cosby Show” when he was just 16 years old, in 1975, at the famous Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California.

Victim claimed to have suffered psychological sequelae

On December 2, 2014, Judy Huth filed a civil complaint, but the court stayed the case because of the criminal charges against Bill Cosby at the time.

The decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, then the rejection of an appeal in this case to the United States Supreme Court in March 2022, was seen by many as a disregard for #MeToo against violence against women.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not excuse Cosby, but overturned the conviction for a procedural defect.

The first prosecutor in charge of the Andrea Constand case decided in 2005 not to prosecute Cosby in criminal cases, while encouraging him to testify in civil cases brought by the plaintiff, which the actor agreed to do.

During the hearing, the actor admitted to giving Andrea Constand a sedative before having sex. According to Cosby it was consented, because Andrea Constand did not protest or express her disapproval, testimony that was used against the artist in the criminal trial.

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