A lawsuit against Bill Cosby began Monday in California, with a civil suit alleging the disgraced comedian sexually assaulted a teenage girl nearly five decades ago.
Judy Huth says the man once known as “America’s Dad” attacked her at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s, when she was about 15 years old.
Huth says she suffered “psychological damage and mental anguish” as a result of the alleged attack.
The case is the latest in a series of legal proceedings against 84-year-old Cosby, who was once one of the hottest performers on American television.
Dozens of women have said they have been sexually abused by him.
Huth’s case was originally filed in 2014 but was put on hold as Cosby faced aggravated indecent assault charges in Pennsylvania.
Cosby was convicted 17 years ago of drugging and sexually abusing a woman, but was released from prison after the state’s Supreme Court ruled he had been denied a fair trial.
His release from prison – he had served more than two years of his three to 10 year sentence – infuriated many supporters of the #MeToo movement.
His conviction was the first conviction for sexual assault against a celebrity since the advent of the global crackdown on sexual assault and abuse of power.
But the court did not acquit him, but overturned the conviction due to a technicality.
Judges wrote that a non-prosecution agreement between a former prosecutor and Cosby over evidence he gave in another civil case meant that the actor should not have been charged in the first place.
In the case that, according to local broadcasters, had started Monday, Huth claims she met Cosby on a movie set and was invited to his tennis club days later.
There, she says, he gave her alcohol and took her to the Playboy Mansion, where he forced her into sexual acts.
Cosby has denied her version of events.
The defense has jumped on apparent discrepancies in Huth’s claim.
The attack was initially claimed to have taken place in 1974, when she was 15 years old, but more recently has been said to have taken place a year later.
The case will be heard in Santa Monica, next to Los Angeles, and will begin with jury selection.
Opening arguments are scheduled for next week.
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