A jury of eight women and four men awarded Hutt $ 500,000 in damages. No criminal compensation has been awarded.
Huth first filed the lawsuit in 2014, alleging sexual abuse and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional stress. The original dossier states that the incident occurred in 1974, when Hutt was 15, but the timeline was later reworked until 1975, when Hutt was 16.
In his complaint, Hutt told of a meeting with Cosby in a park where he was filming. After befriending Hutt and a friend, Cosby said he invited them to join him at his tennis club. It is said that from there, Hutt, the comedian invited them to a house where he served the young women a variety of alcoholic beverages and then took them to the Playboy mansion.
Hutt claims that although Cosby knows her and her boyfriend’s age, he told the teens “if any of the Playboy bunnies ask their age, they say they’re 19.”
Hutt also claims that Cosby took her to a bedroom in the mansion, where he sexually harassed her.
CNN asked Cosby’s lawyers for comment on the verdict.
Hutt smiled as he spoke briefly with reporters in front of the Santa Monica court.
“I was thrilled,” she said of the verdict. “It’s been so many years, so many tears.”
This case “proves that you can run, but you can’t hide,” said Nathan Goldberg, Huth’s lawyer.
Cosby’s spokesman and lawyer were loudly mocked by onlookers as they made statements to the media.
“What happened today was not a victory because they did not receive criminal damages,” said Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, insisting Cosby was pleased with the verdict.
Cosby is not present at the trial or the verdict and his team plans to file an appeal.
This is the first civil case by Cosby’s prosecutor to go to court.