A spokesman for Bill Cosby attacked protesters after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl in a civil trial.
Cosby, who was released from prison last year after a criminal conviction for sexual assault, was found guilty on Tuesday of abusing Judy Huth in 1975, when she was 16. Cosby was ordered to pay $500,000 to Huth, although no punitive damages were awarded.
a video share by twitter Diversity Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt showed up following a group of protesters who shouted phrases like “Bill Cosby is guilty” and “serial rapist” as he spoke to the media outside the courthouse in Santa Monica, California, following the verdict Was.
“Real victims don’t work that way,” Wyatt said, pointing to the group. “Real victims of sexual assault… What these women have done is use sexual harassment cards. Real victims don’t get out of here and shout at the media when we paid your last respects.”
“We have stood straight at the pinnacle of professionalism,” he continued. “We will always stand on top of that mountain of professionalism, no matter what. We will let him shout in public because he is not relevant.”
Earlier, Wyatt insisted that the verdict was not a “win” for Huth, arguing that “the victory was ours” because Cosby’s team “got to show what this woman was,” few from the crowd. provoked laughter and panic.
Huth and his attorney, Gloria Allred, stood about 20 feet from Wyatt after Cosby’s spokesperson complained about “the level of people that Gloria seems to go after Allred.”
A woman in the crowd can be heard shouting “Gloria Allred is the best”, before the camera smiles and laughs at Allred and Huth speaking to Wyatt.
Wyatt then addressed Allred directly and accused her of “exploiting Juneteenth” because she was “going after a Black Icon.”
The crowd responded by shouting that Cosby was a “rapist” rather than an “icon”, specifically one woman who said she was “speaking as a black woman” and a “black survivor”.
Wyatt and Cosby’s legal team, which plan to appeal the verdict, exited the media area shortly after clashing with the crowd.
Allred and Huth too spoke To the media about winning the lawsuit, which was filed in December 2014.
Huth said Cosby attacked him after inviting him and a friend, also a minor, to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles a few days after they met while shooting a movie. Cosby has maintained his innocence.
Allred said the verdict meant Huth had “won real change” after “fighting Bill Cosby one step at a time” for more than seven-and-a-half years.
“I was excited,” Huth, now 64, said of the verdict. “It was, for me, such a huge victory. It really was for all the victims.”
Nearly 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual harassment over several decades. Cosby has denied every allegation. At the conclusion of the 2018 criminal trial, he was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
Cosby, 84, had served nearly three years when he was released from prison in June 2021. The criminal conviction was overturned on the grounds that the prosecutor had violated the predecessor’s earlier agreement to avoid prosecuting Cosby.
Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court declined to review the decision to overturn the verdict. Allred, who has represented 33 of Cosby’s accusers, vowed he “might still face other consequences in the justice system” while previewing the Huth case.
newsweek Cosby reached out to attorney Jennifer Bonzen for comment.