Cosby accuser seeks damages, camp says ‘game over’ in closing arguments

SANTA MONICA, California, June 15 (Reuters) – Legal arguments in a civil case against Bill Cosby ended on Wednesday, with his lawyer telling jurors they should not believe his accuser’s claim that the comedian sexually assaulted at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.

Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, says plaintiff Judy Huth “did not tell the truth about a number of important things” in her testimony that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act while she was 16 and he was 37. The actor and comedian denies the allegation.

A main issue raised by Bonjean is that Huth changed the date she said the alleged incident happened.

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When Huth filed a lawsuit in December 2014, she said Cosby took her hand and masturbated with her in a bedroom at the mansion in 1974. Weeks before the trial, she said she s got the date wrong and now thinks it happened in 1975. .

“I don’t think you can believe anything Ms. Huth says outright,” Bonjean told the jury.

Bonjean argued that Huth and a friend who accompanied him to the mansion had made up a story together to get money from Cosby. The friend had also originally stated that the date was 1974.

Additionally, the two men both said they remember playing the Donkey Kong arcade game at the mansion that night, but that game didn’t exist until 1981. course of the trial. Huth said she used Donkey Kong as an example of the type of game she remembered playing.

Bonjean ended his closing remarks by showing a “Game Over” message common in arcade games on a screen in the courtroom.

This prompted a strong retort from Huth’s attorney, Nathan Goldberg.

“This is not a game,” he shouted at Bonjean during his final remarks to the jury. “Have respect for someone who has been sexually assaulted.”

Goldberg asked jurors to hold Cosby “fully responsible.” Huth is seeking damages for emotional distress she said she has suffered since 2014, when allegations against Cosby were rife in the news, and 2018 when he was sentenced to prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania.

“Four years of misery. What’s that worth to someone? $1 million a year? $2 million a year?” Goldberg asked.

Jurors in the case, which is being tried in California Superior Court, are expected to begin deliberations Thursday after the judge provides instructions to the jury.

Cosby did not appear in person at the trial, but jurors viewed a roughly 10-minute video of Cosby answering questions from one of Huth’s attorneys during a 2015 deposition.

While Cosby said he did not remember Huth, he said the incident could not have happened because he would not have pursued sexual contact at that time with someone aged 15 year.

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. Read more

Cosby, 84, 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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Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by David Gregorio

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