After a civilian jury found out that Bill Cosby sexually abused Judy Huth in 1975 when she was a 16-year-old minor, Cosby’s team calls the result an “astonishing victory,” but still promises to appeal the $ 500,000 sentence.
“Yesterday, actor and comedian Bill Cosby was awarded an astonishing victory by jurors in a civil lawsuit brought by Judy Huth,” reads a statement from Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt. “Juries decided to give Judy Huth a $ 500,000 sentence, but voted 9-3 not to reward Mrs. Huth with any kind of damages.”
The trial was about allegations made by Huth, now 64, who accused Cosby of luring her and a friend to the Playboy mansion. Huth claimed Cosby got her alone in a bedroom, pulled down his sweatpants and then grabbed her hand and used it to masturbate herself. On Tuesday, jury found Cosby responsible for sexually abusing Huth as a teenager, but did not award her a criminal offense.
Cosby’s spokeswoman says his lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, will appeal the verdict and Huth will “never receive a payday.”
“Within a few weeks, attorney Jennifer Bonjean will be in Judge Craig D. Karlan’s court to appeal the $ 500,000 verdict, meaning Ms. Huth will never receive a salary from Mr. Cosby and her estimated rising legal bills ($ 3 million). plus dollars)) with Allred, Morocco & Goldberg will be excellent for many years to come, “the statement continues. for our legal efforts and the Cosby family. “
Huth is represented by a senior lawyer and women’s rights activist, Gloria Allred, who hailed the verdict as a victory against “real change” and told reporters outside the courthouse on Tuesday that Cosby “should be held and held accountable for what he did to her. “
In response to Wyatt’s statement about Cosby’s “victory”, Allred says Cosby’s spokesman is wrong.
“Mr Cosby’s spokesman seems to be trying to snatch victory from the jaws of Mr Cosby’s significant defeat,” Allred said Variety. “Miss Huth has no legal bills for fees at my law firm. The $ 3 million legal bill that Mr. Wyatt quoted seems to be a fabricated fantasy. Alternatively, the amount of $ 3 million may be,” what Mr. Cosby had to spend on hiring countless lawyers over the years in his failed attempt to defend himself against Mrs. Huth’s trial. ”
Allred goes on to refer to an old interview Cosby did with Oprah: “Many years ago, Mr. Cosby said in the news, ‘Believe a child when she says someone cares for her.’ The jury in Mrs Huth’s case demonstrated that they believed in her by awarding her $ 500,000 in compensation. We are very proud of our client’s courage and our victory over Bill Cosby. ”
The question, which would have triggered criminal damages, asked jurors whether Cosby acted with “evil, oppression or deception.” During the deliberations, this became a problem for the jury, which had difficulty reaching agreement on precisely that question.
In his statement, Cosby’s spokesman claims that Cosby spoke briefly with two jurors after the verdict, who told him: “You did not deserve to be in this court.” (Both juries, which Cosby’s representative claims were in communication with the comedian, voted overwhelmingly in his favor on all issues and did not agree with the majority of the jury on issues regarding Cosby’s conduct as harmful or sexually offensive.)
“Mr Cosby and his team have always been steadfast in their innocence, and we have never played in the sewers or gutters; but most importantly, we remained on the mountaintop of ethics, integrity, truth and facts,” said Cosby’s spokesman. “The Cosbians are grateful to the special jurors who removed their bias and took a stand on the evidence and facts in this case.”