475,000 francs in damages
Bill Cosby to appeal after abuse verdict
Former US television star Bill Cosby wants to appeal after being sentenced to the equivalent of CHF 475,000 in damages for allegations of abuse.
Published: 6:41 am
Updated: 11:25 am
This was announced by Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt on Wednesday, according to a report by Variety magazine. Plaintiff Judy Huth will never receive any money from the 84-year-old former actor.
Wyatt also described the verdict in a civil lawsuit from the previous day as an amazing victory for Cosby. Although the Santa Monica, Calif., jury awarded the plaintiff $500,000 in damages, they would not have ordered Cosby to pay additional punitive damages. This could have been more than ten million dollars, the spokesman said.
In civil lawsuits in the United States, defendants are often awarded punitive damages in excess of actual damages, intended as a punishment and deterrent.
Cosby was found guilty on Tuesday of sexually abusing 16-year-old Huth in 1975. According to Huth, the attack took place in the famous Playboy Mansion, the villa of “Playboy” founder Hugh Hefner in Los Angeles.
The actor, who became world famous with the sitcom “The Bill Cosby Show”, who stayed away from the two-week trial, denies any assault. It is his first conviction in a civil trial.
More than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual abuse, but most cases are statute-barred. (SDA)