Bill Cosby found guilty of sexually assaulting minor, to pay $500,000 in damages

Washington: American comedian and actor Bill Cosby has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman, Judy Ruth, when she was a teenager in 1975. A Los Angeles jury, consisting of eight women and four men, ruled in Ruth’s favor. As CNN reports, it was found that Cosby was liable for the damages. The jury […]
 


Bill Cosby found guilty of sexually assaulting minor, to pay $500,000 in damages

Washington: American comedian and actor Bill Cosby has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman, Judy Ruth, when she was a teenager in 1975. A Los Angeles jury, consisting of eight women and four men, ruled in Ruth’s favor. As CNN reports, it was found that Cosby was liable for the damages.

The jury ordered the comedian to pay USD 500,000 million in damages. However, no punitive damages were found. Ruth filed a complaint against Cosby for sexual harassment at the Playboy Mansion in 2014, when she was 16.

According to the original filing, Huth claimed the incident happened in 1974 when she was 15. However, when the timeline was revised to 1975, it was found that she had been assaulted when she was 16. In the complaint, Ruth alleged that she and, as CNN reports, met her friend Cosby when the actor-comedian was shooting the film in a park.

After Cosby befriends two teenagers, he asks them to accompany him to his tennis club. From the club, Huth claimed that Cosby took them to a house and at times served alcoholic beverages to underage girls.

Later, the 84-year-old takes the teen to the Playboy Mansion. Huth alleged that despite knowing the ages of the two young women, Cosby had instructed them, “that if any of the Playboy rabbits asked their ages, they should say they were 19 years old.”

In addition, Cosby directed her to a bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her, CNN reported.

However, the actor has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct through his lawyers.

In addition, Cosby’s attorneys have also attempted to dismiss the case. Previously, more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. The American actor was also convicted of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in Philadelphia, which resulted in him being sentenced to three years in a state prison in Pennsylvania, reports CNN.

However, on an appeal, his sentence was overturned and he was released from prison in September 2021. The civil case filed by Judy Ruth is the first to be tried.