SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) – A woman testified Friday that she was 14 when Bill Cosby took her to a trailer on the set in 1975, grabbed her so she couldn’t move her arms, and kissed her.
“I’m struggling to escape,” she said. “It was very shocking.”
The 61-year-old woman first told her story in a public place during a Los Angeles County civil lawsuit filed by Judy Hutt, who claims Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy mansion when she was 16 at about the same time. , in the spring of 1975
The woman testified that she, her mother, and other family and friends were filming the Los Angeles film “Let’s Do It Again” starring Cosby and Sidney Poitier, where Cosby invited them to act as extras after meeting with them. tennis tournament a few months earlier.
She said Cosby invited her friend into his trailer to help him fix the bow tie he was wearing for the stage.
“He grabbed me right away,” she said. “He started kissing me all over my face, sticking his tongue down his throat.”
When asked by Hutt’s lawyer Nathan Goldberg how hard Cosby held her, she replied: “Enough that I could not leave.”
About 30 seconds later she broke free and left.
The photos were shown at the court of Cosby and the 14-year-old girl together at a tennis tournament where he smiles and hugs her. Other photos of Cosby and the girl and her family were shown on the set of the film. Hutt would later meet Cosby on another set of the same film.
Old photos from the mid-1970s loomed in a lawsuit, one of the last lawsuits against Cosby after he was convicted in Pennsylvania, and other lawsuits settled by his insurer. Earlier photos showed two photos of Cosby and Hut in the Playboy mansion. Cosby denies sexual assault on Hutt, and his lawyer says it’s about her attempt to make money on photos.
A woman who testified on Friday said that after leaving the trailer she did not tell anyone that she was with what happened to Cosby, who is not present at the trial.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said. “I didn’t want to ruin everything for everyone.”
They spent the rest of the day appearing in the boxing scene for a film shot in the Grand Olympic Audience.
During the woman’s cross-examination, Cosby’s lawyer Jennifer Bonjan showed a scene from a film in which the girl and her brother were greeted in the front row next to the boxing ring.
Bonjan asked if she was embarrassed at the time.
“It probably was,” the woman said.
“Sure?” Bonjan asked.
“I was confused when I was there,” she said.
The woman said she did not talk about the incident until she told her husband years later and her teenage daughter years later.
Bonjan asked if she had been forced to speak and tell her story to Gloria Allred, who along with Goldberg represents both her and Hutt.
The woman said one short clip of Allred prompted her to do so after she heard Cosby’s refusal, but said she did not intend to sue when she was looking for Allred.
The woman is not a party to the lawsuit, but she is allowed to testify along with another woman about her experience in the Huta case.
Bonjan has seriously challenged another witness, Margie Shapiro, who has repeatedly told her story to the media and at a press conference with Allred.
Shapiro testified that when she was 19 in November 1975, she was at the Playboy mansion with Cosby when he gave her a pill, which she took voluntarily. She said she later woke up from loss of consciousness and saw that he had raped her.
Bonjan presented a document stating that Shapiro was to be in court as a defendant the day she said she met Cosby while working at a donut shop near the set of another film he was shooting.
“I could go,” Shapiro said. “If I needed to, I’d take a little break.”
Bonjan also fried Shapiro over a match notebook that was issued in court, which Shapiro said she got at Cosby’s house when they stopped there briefly before going to the mansion.
The match notebook read “November 18, 1975, my evening at Bill Cosby’s house.”
“After that drug use and rape did you save your memory?” Bonjan asked.
“It was important whether it was good or bad,” Shapiro said.
Bonjan also challenged Shapiro for her testimony that she knew the pill Cosby had given her was not Quaalude, a depressant popular in the 1970s, because of the engraving on it.
She noted that in a police interview in 2016 she said the pill was similar to Quaalude and that Cosby told her it was a pill.
“Either I was wrong or the detective was wrong,” Shapiro said.
One of the jurors, many of whom were not born in the 1970s, raised his hand and asked the judge to explain what Kwaalyud was. Shapiro compared it to Valium.
Shapiro said that a few days later she went in search of Cosby’s house in anger, but could not find it.
Bonjan asked if it was true that she was upset because Cosby refused to take her to the Playboy mansion, and that he and Cosby had sex by consent at his house, and she didn’t like the way he treated her afterwards.
“I was upset because he raped me,” she said.
The Associated Press usually does not name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they state it publicly, as Huth and Shapiro have repeatedly said.
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