Judy Huth was in Santa Monica Monday to describe a moment in 1975 when, as a teenager, she met Bill Cosby in a California park where he was making a movie.
Days later, at his invitation, she said, she and her boyfriend went to his tennis club and eventually to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.
“It was an adventure,” said Mrs. Huth. “We were children. He was a celebrity.”
But later that day, the man she’d admired as a famous comedian harassed her, she said, after taking her to a secluded room in the mansion. Mrs. Huth said she was 16 years old at the time.
Mr Cosby has denied sexually assaulting Ms Huth or any of the other women who have come forward in recent years to accuse him of sexual misconduct. He has said that any relationship was consensual.
But Mrs Huth, 64, has charged Mr Cosby with sexual assault, and her story, which was not finalized Monday, is at the center of her case against the entertainer, who completed the fourth day of his testimony.
Ms. Huth testified that she and her boyfriend were impressed when they saw Mr. Cosby—along with other movie stars—in a park in San Marino on the set of the movie Let’s Do It Again.
According to her report, Mr. Cosby gave the two teens alcohol at a house where he was staying, told them to drink if he beat them in a game of pool, then asked them to follow him in a car to the mansion.
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“Are you ready for your surprise?” he said, according to Mrs Huth. “I had no idea what it could be,” she said.
Her lawyers showed the jury a photo of Mrs Huth standing with Mr Cosby in the mansion’s playroom, she told the court, ‘before he harassed me. It happened fifteen minutes later.”
Ms. Huth’s testimony was interrupted at the end of the day before she was able to discuss what, in the court papers for her case, she accused him of doing: putting his hand in her pants and then forcing her to caress him.
The impact of that event, her lawyers told the court, included depression and anxiety. She had had a happy childhood, she said growing up in Temple City, California. But her lawyers said the incident had derailed her and she didn’t graduate from high school until she was 60.
Mr Cosby’s lawyers have disputed Ms Huth’s account, suggesting that their meeting took place years later, when she was an elderly and willing visitor to the mansion who she said did not flee after the encounter, but stayed for hours. swim in the pool and watch a movie.
The lawsuit of Mrs. Huth, filed in 2014, was largely shut down as prosecutors in Pennsylvania charged Mr. Cosby, 84, on charges that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee.
But Cosby’s 2018 conviction in that case was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year on a fair trial basis, and Cosby was released after serving nearly three years of a three- to 10-year sentence.
Earlier on Monday, Mr Cosby’s lawyers had cross-examined Donna Samuelson, Mrs. Huth’s girlfriend who accompanied her to the mansion. She had told the court last week that Mrs. Huth was distraught after meeting Mr. Cosby, but that Mrs. Samuelson convinced her to stay.
Mr Cosby’s defense sought to undermine the credibility of that account, suggesting the two friends had coordinated their stories before Ms Huth first went to police in 2014. (Prosecutors ultimately declined to file criminal charges because the statute of limitations had expired.)
But Ms. Samuelson said she simply misremembered when she initially reported to authorities that Ms Huth was 15 then, not 16 as Ms Huth says now.
Mr Cosby’s lawyers showed a layout of the playroom at the Playboy Mansion and said Mrs Samuelson had been wrong in saying that someone could only access the bathroom through an adjacent bedroom.
Mr. Cosby’s lawyers also said it was impossible for Ms. Samuelson to have played the arcade game “Donkey Kong” there in 1975, as she stated in a statement. The game was not released until six years later.
Mrs. Samuelson said she meant she had played a game like Donkey Kong.
She denied that she and Ms Huth had coordinated their accounts before Ms Huth went to the police in 2014. “We weren’t putting anything together,” she said. “We were just telling our memories.”
Jennifer Bonjean, an attorney for Mr. Cosby, also brought up the topic of race in a way that suggested Mrs. Samuelson was motivated to make Mr. Take down Cosby because he’s black. For example, she said that in her statement prior to the trial, Ms. Samuelson had described the decor of his Los Angeles home as “jungle” and “African,” referring to the leaf print on the wallpaper.
“It was not uncommon for people in your group of friends to use racist remarks such as the N-word,” the lawyer claimed.
Mrs. Samuelson said she never did.
“I’m not a racist,” she said.
Mr Cosby’s lawyers have noted during court proceedings that Ms Huth remembers when her meeting took place: although she initially said it happened in 1974, when she was 15, she more recently concluded that it was in 1975, when she was 16. California law classified a 16-year-old as a minor. In disputing Ms Huth’s story, Mr Cosby’s lawyers have suggested that they met years later, when she was no longer a minor.
Last week, Mrs. Huth’s legal team introduced two other women who testified about encounters with Mr. Cosby. Kimberly Burr testified that she was 14 years old when he also tried to kiss her in his trailer on the set of “Let’s Do It Again” in 1975.
Margie Shapiro testified that she was 19 that year when Mr. Cosby met her at the donut shop where she worked and invited her to the set of another movie he was filming in Los Angeles. Later that day, according to her testimony, she went to his house and then they went to the Playboy Mansion, where, she said, he drugged and assaulted her, an allegation Mr. Cosby denies.
Mr Cosby is not expected to testify at the trial as he has asserted his rights under the Fifth Amendment. But Mrs. Huth’s lawyers impeached him several years ago, and some of that testimony is expected to be presented in court before the conclusion of the trial, which is expected to last all week.