Bill Cosby will face allegations that he sexually assaulted at teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion in the 1970s as opening statements in his California civil trial begin Wednesday.
Nearly a year after the 84-year-old former funnyman was released from prison, lawyers for Judy Huth, 64, plan to lay out evidence alleging that he forced her to perform a sex act on him in 1975 when she was 16 years old.
The case — one of the last remaining sex-based legal claims against the comedian — will center on Huth’s testimony and be bolstered by photos and archival exhibits linking them to Hugh Hefner’s notorious party palace.
Cosby is not expected to testify or attend the trial, which is taking place at a small courthouse in Santa Monica.
His attorneys have said no sexual abuse happened and are expected to stress that the burden of proof in the 50-year-old case lies on the accuser.
Huth says that she and a friend met Cosby at a park in the Los Angeles area, where he was filming the movie “Let’s Do It Again” with Sidney Poitier in 1975.
A few days later, Cosby gave her booze “as part of a game” and took her to the Playboy mansion, according to Huth’s lawsuit.
Cosby allegedly brought her into an isolated bedroom, kissed her, slid his hand down her pants, and used her hand to perform a sex act on him, according to the lawsuit.
Cosby’s lawyers have said that he took Huth to the Playboy Mansion but claim she was not a minor at the time.
In May, his lawyers claimed she changed the date of her story less than two weeks before the trial was set to begin.
Huth’s lawsuit, which was first filed in 2014, has taken eight years to come to trial because of delays over Cosby’s two criminal trials and the pandemic.
Last June, a Pennsylvania appeals court tossed out Cosby’s criminal sexual assault conviction in a stunning ruling allowed him to walk free.
Several other lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct against Cosby were later settled by his insurer.
In total, Cosby has been accused by dozens of women of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual misconduct.
With Post wires