Distressed Teen Told Him About Cosby Sexual Abuse, Friend Testifies

Sixteen-year-old Judy Huth was deeply distraught minutes after Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her one afternoon in 1975 at the Playboy Mansion, her best friend at the time testified Wednesday.

“She said ‘I want to go, I want to go,’ she was crying,” said Donna Samuelson, then 17 and now 64, the first witness in a Los Angeles County civil lawsuit stemming from Huth’s lawsuit against the man. 85 years old. comedian and actor.

Samuelson, who expected to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at the mansion, was angry with her friend, until Huth explained himself.

“She said that Bill Cosby had tried to have sex with her,” Samuelson said.

Huth told Samuelson that in a room off a game room on the mansion grounds where the three of them had been hanging out and playing pool and arcade games, Cosby had tried to get his hand under his tight pants and it then exposed itself, forcing Huth to touch it. sexually, testified Samuelson, who had been distracted playing a game and was unaware of what had happened.

Samuelson took two photos of Cosby and Huth together that day that are critical to the trial and were constantly shown to the jury on the first day. A clearly recognizable Cosby has a red beard and hat.

An attorney for Cosby called the sexual abuse allegations “a complete and total fabrication” and said the footage is the only reason the case exists.

“This is a plan hatched by Judy Huth and her friend Donna Samuelson based on some photos,” attorney Jennifer Bonjean said in her opening statement shortly before Samuelson took the stand. “You will learn that Judy Huth has been trying to cash in on these photos for decades.”

The trial represents one of the last remaining legal claims against Cosby after his criminal conviction in Pennsylvania was thrown out by an appeals court last year, and his insurer settled numerous other lawsuits against his will. She will not attend the trial and will not testify, but portions of a video statement she made shortly after the 2014 lawsuit was filed will be played.

Samuelson testified that Cosby had met the two girls on a film set in a Los Angeles-area park a few days earlier, inviting them to a club where he would play tennis, then taking them unannounced to the mansion and telling them if someone asked his age to say he was 18, but no one did.

When Huth told his story to Samuelson, Cosby had left to attend an event with plans to return hours later, leaving the girls behind.

Samuelson said she asked her distraught friend if she wanted to go to the police or tell someone else, Huth emphatically said no. She convinced Huth to stay at the mansion.

“I thought going swimming and stuff would calm her down,” Samuelson testified. “I said, ‘We’ll leave as soon as I get back.'”

She said the mansion’s butler brought the girls swimsuits in whatever style, size and color they asked for, and they hung out in the mansion’s famous grotto pool and ordered tequila sunrises. They then had dinner at the mansion, sitting across from actor Peter Lawford.

They were playing on a grand piano when Cosby came back and put his arm around a horrified Huth. The girls quickly got up to leave, Samuelson said, but just then Playboy director Hugh Hefner and his girlfriend, magazine model Barbi Benton, walked in and Cosby introduced them before leaving.

Bonjean took advantage of the girls’ stay at the mansion during its opening.

“Wow Judy and Donna had fun. They stayed for 12 hours,” Bonjean said. “There’s no typical response to a traumatic event, but the party at the Playboy Mansion doesn’t seem consistent.”

But in his opening statement, Huth’s attorney, Nathan Goldberg, said that in the months that followed, she was severely emotionally affected by the trauma, smoking marijuana heavily, engaging in troubled relationships and suffering from anxiety.

“She was no longer the happy-go-lucky little girl that she had been,” Goldberg said.

The Associated Press does not normally name people who say they have been sexually abused, unless they come forward publicly, as Huth has done.

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