Comedian Bill Cosby has denied a California woman’s claim that he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s in a recorded deposition given Wednesday to a jury hearing one of the latest court cases against him.
Judy Huth, who is seeking unspecified damages in a civil suit she filed in 2014, testified that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act at the mansion when she was a teenager.
On Wednesday, jurors viewed a roughly 10-minute video showing clips of Cosby answering questions from one of Huth’s attorneys during a 2015 deposition.
Cosby answered “no” to questions about whether he tried to put his hands on Huth’s pants, then took her hand and used it to masturbate, as she claims.
He acknowledged he would be bringing guests to the mansion, but said he did not remember Huth or the friend who said she accompanied her that night. “I don’t know Mrs. Huth,” he said.
When asked if Huth’s account might have been accurate but Cosby had forgotten about the incident, he replied that it was not possible because “this young lady says she told me she was 15 years old.
Cosby, now 84, said he had never had sexual contact with anyone he knew was under 18. He should not attend the trial in person.
During Huth’s cross-examination, Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, took issue with his account, including his revised timeline.
When the complaint was filed in December 2014, Huth said the incident happened in 1974, when she was 15. She testified this week that she had recently concluded that she was wrong about the year and now thinks it happened in 1975.
Bonjean pressed Huth on Wednesday about her past traumas in her life and the use of antidepressants, suggesting any emotional distress she suffered was unrelated to her time with Cosby.
Huth, now 64, testified that she was abused by a former partner and was a passenger in a car crash that left five people dead in another vehicle.
But she said her interaction with Cosby had the most impact. “Nothing as bad as that, that’s for sure,” Huth said.
The civil trial in California comes 11 months after Cosby was released when Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction in a separate case.
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.
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