The attorney for a woman who accused Bill Cosby of assaulting her at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s told a California jury on Wednesday that the comedian had a sense of “entitlement,” while the attorney for Cosby called the alleged assault a “fabrication”. “
The statements came at the start of a civil trial for Cosby, 11 months after he was released from prison when Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction in a separate case.
Cosby’s current accuser, Judy Huth, sued him in 2014 for sexual assault, seeking unspecified damages. She said he took her to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles and forced her to perform a sex act around 1974, when she was 15.
Huth said she and a friend met Cosby on a film set and Cosby invited the girls to meet him the following week when he made Huth drink beer and assaulted her on a bed . She seeks unspecified damages for sexual assault and emotional distress.
In his opening statement, Huth’s attorney, Nathan Goldberg, told the Santa Monica jury that Cosby was already a “star” when he met Huth, and he showed jurors a picture of them together from the the day Huth said she was assaulted.
“He’s got a sense of entitlement and he’s not afraid,” Goldberg said, referring to Cosby. “He has a feeling of invincibility.”
Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, countered in her opening statement that the alleged assault was a “fabrication”, although Cosby did not dispute that he invited Huth and her friend to the mansion.
“The evidence will show that Mrs. Huth is not telling the truth,” she said.
Cosby is not expected to attend the trial.
Now 84, Cosby is best known for his role as a doting husband and father on the 1980s TV comedy series “The Cosby Show,” which earned him the nickname “America’s Dad.”
But his family reputation was shattered after more than 50 women accused him of sexual assaults over nearly five decades.
Donna Samuelson, a friend of Huth’s who said she was with her on the day of the alleged assault, told jurors Huth told her about what happened after Cosby left the couple at the mansion.
“She was crying, very, very upset,” Samuelson said, adding that Huth had said she didn’t want anyone to know about the incident.
Goldberg said Huth will testify, as will two other women who said Cosby assaulted them in 1975. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.
In 2018, Cosby was convicted of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, an employee of his alma mater Temple University in Philadelphia, at his home in 2004.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction in June 2021, after Cosby served more than two years of a three- to 10-year sentence.
The court said Cosby should not have faced charges because a former local district attorney publicly promised in 2005 not to prosecute him. In March, the United States Supreme Court refused to review this decision.
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