The trial of Bill Cosby began Monday in California, with a civil lawsuit alleging that the disgraced comedian sexually assaulted a teenage girl nearly five decades ago.
Judy Huth says that the man formerly known as “America’s Daddy” attacked her at the Playboy mansion in the mid-1970s when she was about 15 years old.
Huth says she suffered “psychological damage and suffering” as a result of the alleged assault.
This case is the latest in a series of legal actions against the 84-year-old Cosby, who was once one of the most popular artists on American television.
Dozens of women said they were sexually assaulted by him.
Hoth’s case was originally filed in 2014, but was pending while Cosby faced aggravated charges of indecent assault in Pennsylvania.
Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 17 years ago, but was released from prison after the state Supreme Court ruled that he was denied a fair trial.
His release from prison – who has served more than two years of his three to ten-year sentence – has angered many advocates of the #MeToo movement.
His conviction was the first guilty verdict of sexual assault of a celebrity since the advent of the Global Account System Against Sexual Violence and Abuse of Power.
But the court did not acquit him, but rather overturned the ruling on a technical basis.
The judges wrote that the non-prosecution agreement between the former District Attorney and Cosby over evidence he provided in a different civil case meant that the actor should not have been criminally charged in the first place.
In the case that local radio reported began on Monday, Huth claims that she met Cosby on a movie set, and days later was invited to his tennis club.
There, she says, he gave her alcohol and took her to the Playboy mansion, where he forced her to perform a sexual act.
Cosby denied her version of events.
The defense jumped on the apparent contradictions in Hoth’s claim.
It was initially claimed that the assault occurred in 1974, when she was 15 years old, but recently said it occurred a year later.
The case is heard in Santa Monica, next to Los Angeles, and begins with the selection of the jury.
Opening arguments are set for the next week.
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