Bill Cosby, in video testimony, denies sexually abusing teen in 1970s

Santa Monica, California. — In video testimony played to jurors Wednesday in a civil trial, Bill Cosby denies sexually abusing a teenager at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s.

Asked by a lawyer for Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby, if he tried to put his hand in Huth’s pants, Cosby quickly and clearly replies “no”. Asked if he exposed himself and forced her to touch him sexually, Cosby responds “no” in the same way.

Asked if it was possible for these things to happen, but Cosby didn’t remember them, Cosby replied “no”.

“Why wouldn’t that be possible?” Huth’s attorney, Nathan Goldberg, asks.

“Because,” replies Cosby, “the fact that this young woman is saying she told me she was 15.”

In another clip, Goldberg asks Cosby if he would knowingly have relationships with girls under the age of 18 in the mid-1970s. Cosby replies “no”. But he also says “no” when asked if he would ensure that those he sought sex with were 18.

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Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, April 20, 2018, left, and Judy Huth appears at a press conference outside the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division station in Los Angeles on December 5, 2014.

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At the time the video testimony was taken on October 9, 2015, Huth maintained that the sexual abuse had taken place in 1973 or 1974, when she was 15 years old, but shortly before the trial said an examination of the evidence showed that it was in 1975. when she was 16.

The 12 minutes of clips, shown to the jury at the end of the sixth day of the Los Angeles County trial, represent the first time Cosby’s voice was heard during the proceedings. He is wearing a gray sport coat with a shirt and tie and is sitting at a table.

The 85-year-old actor and comedian will not appear at the trial due to the glaucoma that left him blind, his representatives said. A judge also ruled that he could invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege and refuse to testify or give a second statement in the case that the plaintiff had requested.

Cosby says in the video that he doesn’t remember meeting Huth or his friend Donna Samuelson, who testified at the start of the trial that they met him on a movie set, days later met him at a tennis club, briefly visited a home he was in. lodged, and then went with him to the mansion.

Asked if showing pictures of him and Huth at the mansion would change his answers about whether he knew them, Cosby replies that it would mean little.

“What is the word ‘know’ that I ‘know’ someone?” Cosby says in one of his few lengthy responses in the video. “Or that I met someone? Or that while at Disneyland I met a hundred people and took pictures with them? Next to me, sit on me, put your arm around me, say hi and take a picture that later might show up somewhere somehow and that I know this person? No sir.

Cosby adds, “That doesn’t mean they were with me, or that I was with them.”

Two pictures Samuelson took of Cosby with Huth at the mansion were shown several times during the trial. Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, acknowledged that he took the girls there, but both Bonjean and Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, have repeatedly denied that any sexual interaction took place.

Huth’s lawyers dropped the case after playing the video. Cosby’s lawyers will begin calling their own witnesses on Thursday.

Huth, now 64, was on the bench Wednesday after testifying for much of Tuesday.

When interrogating her, Bonjean challenged Huth about the timing of their struggles with depression, suggesting that they were clearly not fueled by any of Cosby’s abuse.

Huth filed the suit in 2014, saying his son turning 15 that same year brought back painful memories of his sexual assault and brought on subsequent depression.

Bonjean showed Huth’s medical records from 2011, 2012, and 2013, in which her doctor evaluated her with major depression and prescribed antidepressants.

“Can we agree that you suffered from depression before your son turned 15?” Bonjean asked Huth, who was on the witness stand in a Los Angeles County courthouse for the second day in the civil trial.

“I don’t know what I did,” Huth said.

“So the medical records showing this would be inaccurate?” asked Bonjean.

Huth has repeatedly responded to this and similar questions, saying he didn’t remember dealing with depression or taking medication for it during those years, but acknowledged that the documents in front of him said he did.

Bonjean also pointed out different potential causes for Huth’s depression.

“You’ve had a long history of trauma in your life that had nothing to do with Mr. Cosby, right?” asked Bonjean.

“Nothing as bad as that for sure,” Huth replied.

Huth’s lawsuit says she suffered psychological damage from Cosby’s abuse from 2014, when he started having anxiety and flashbacks, until 2018, when he was sent to prison in the Pennsylvania criminal case.

Goldberg, her attorney, asked her Wednesday, “Did you know when you were 16 that what Mr. Cosby did caused you psychological harm?”

“No,” Huth replied. “I was just a kid.”

The trial represents one of the last remaining legal claims against Cosby, 85, after his criminal conviction was overturned by an appeals court and he was released from prison last year, and his insurance company settled many other lawsuits against his will.

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