A civil jury concluded yesterday that Judy Huth was sexually assaulted by famed comedian Bill Cosby in 1975 when she was 16 years old. Cosby’s side is describing the decision as an “astonishing victory” in the wake of the judgment.
“Yesterday actor and comedian Bill Cosby was awarded an astonishing victory by jurors in a civil trial brought by Judy Huth,” reads a statement from Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt. “The jurors decided to grant Judy Huth with a $500,000 verdict but voted 9-3 in favor of not rewarding Ms. Huth any punitive damages.”
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It is odd to see the finding that Cosby sexually molested a youngster as any kind of win. They appear to be most happy about the punitive damages, which, if granted, would have meant that Cosby engaged with “malice, oppression, or fraud” and need to make far larger restitution payments. Cosby’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean intends to appeal the decision despite the “win,” claiming Huth “will never collect a payout.”
The statement reads, “Within a few weeks, Attorney Jennifer Bonjean will be in Judge Craig D. Karlan court to appeal the $500,000 verdict, which means Ms. Huth will never receive a payment from Mr. Cosby and her estimated mounting legal bills with Allred, Maroko & Goldberg ($3 million plus dollars) will be unpaid for many years to come.” Punitive damages for Judy Huth would have been in the neighborhood of $10 million or more, which would have been terrible for the Cosby family and our legal efforts.
In response to Cosby’s comments, Huth’s attorney and women’s rights advocate Gloria Allred said he “should be held and was held accountable for what he did to her.”
According to Allred, “Mr. Cosby’s representative looks to be trying to wrest victory from the jaws of Mr. Cosby’s significant defeat.” “Ms. Huth has not received any legal bills from my firm for expenses. Mr. Wyatt’s claim of a $3 million legal expense looks to be a fabrication. Alternately, it’s possible that Mr. Cosby had to spend $3 million over the years to pay several attorneys in a fruitless attempt to defend himself against Ms. Huth’s case.
In addition, Cosby says in his statement that he spoke with two jurors after the decision and that they told him, “You didn’t deserve to be in this court.” Both of these jurors, according to Variety, gave him a resoundingly favorable verdict on all counts and “did not concur with the bulk of the jury on concerns relating Cosby’s actions being injurious or sexually repulsive.”
According to a spokeswoman for Mr. Cosby, “Mr. Cosby has always maintained his innocence, and we never played in the sewer or gutter; but most importantly, we stayed on the mountain top of ethics, integrity, truth, and facts.” “The Cosbys are grateful to those specific jurors who eliminated their bias and decided this case based on the evidence and facts,” the Cosbys said.