A lawyer for Bill Cosby He told the judges to consider only the evidence submitted by a woman who said she was sexually abused at the age of 16 at the Playboy Mansion in 1975, and to look into public allegations over the past year against the actor and comedian.
At the end of the arguments in California Civil Inquiry On Tuesday, Cosby’s lawyer Jennifer Bonjin’s plaintiff Judy Huth and her lawyers said it would lead to a bizarre scandal over a video game called Donkey Kong and that they had not come close to proving that “she’s in her 50s, the case he-told.”
“Can you imagine how difficult it is to justify a case when you start with the label of a sex hunter?” Bonjin told the judges that they were elected because they had promised to take into account only the facts presented in court. “If we’ve going to try people based on labels, why do we need trials?”
Hut’s lawyer Nathan Goldberg told the jury that “my client deserves to be held accountable for what Mr. Cosby did.”
“Every one of you knows that Mr. Cosby sexually harassed Miss Huff,” Goldberg said.
Cosby, who was released from prison when his Pennsylvania conviction was dropped almost a year ago, did not attend trial. He denied any sexual activity The 2015 video shown to the jury members took place between himself and Huth during the deposition. The denial was repeated throughout the trial by his representative and his lawyer.
Bonjin thanked the judges and began the defense’s closing argument, calling them “The Donkey Kong Defense” on both sides during the trial, saying, “All I have to say is, it’s like Donkey Kong.”
Huth testified that Cosby exposed himself and forced him to have sex in the bedroom adjoining the game room in the mansion, bringing Houth and her then 17-year-old friend Donna Samuelson, a key witness in the Cosby trial. .
In previous deposits and police interviews, women have been discussed playing the Samuelson Donkey Kong in 1975, a game Nintendo did not release into the arcades until 1981.
Goldberg told the jury at the end that Samuelson had “games like Donkey Kong” in his first reference to it during the deposit. She gave a similar explanation during the trial.
Despite testifying that Samuelson and Hut had not spoken for decades, Bonjin said it was clear evidence of the way their stories were coordinated.
“They were both wrong in exactly the same way,” Bonjin said.
At the end of her closing argument, Bonjin said, “It’s a donkey kong defense in some ways, and it’s over. The game is over.”
Goldberg reacted angrily during his interception.
“It’s about justice!” Knocked on the podium and cried. “We don’t need a game! We need justice!”
Shortly afterwards, when she raised one of her many objections to Bonjin, she felt that the rules did not apply to her.
“Is this about me now?” She says. “Are you going to put my picture there?”
“I’ll put your picture and put ‘game over’ on it,” Goldberg said.
There had been similar clashes between the two throughout the trial and earlier Wednesday Goldberg had boiled over when a defense expert said she was “a good woman, with a nice smile”, indicating that she had not yet given anything in the case.
Earlier, calmly, at the moment, Goldberg told the judges that Cosby had every reason to believe the two girls were under 18 years old. Southern California Park And invited them to meet him a few days later. Huth testified that they told him. Samuelson said he did not particularly remember their age, but they told him if it had come.
Bonjin said the jurors could not reasonably believe that Cosby knew more and at the same time put pictures of the girls on the screen.
“These are young women who do not look like children or teenagers,” Bonjin said.
She said the women’s testimony showed a lot that no one in the mansion asked their age after Cosby left them alone.
“They looked like a lot of other young women at Playboy Mansion.”
After the judge read out their instructions on Thursday morning, the judges must decide whether the allegations in Huth’s are true and whether Cosby’s actions caused her mental distress, which resurfaced in 2014 and lasted until he went to jail in 2018. .
Huth’s case is one of the last legal lawsuits to be filed against the 85-year-old comedian and actor after he was fired. His Pennsylvania indictment And the settlement of several other lawsuits, negotiated by his insurer against his will.
The Associated Press does not usually mention people who claim to have been sexually harassed until it has been publicly exposed as a hut.