A woman testifies that Cosby forcibly kissed her when she was 14

A woman testifies that Cosby forcibly kissed her when she was 14

SANTA MONICA, CA (AP) – A woman testified Friday that she was 14 when Bill Cosby took her to a trailer in a 1975 movie, grabbed her so she couldn’t move her arms, and kissed her.

“I was struggling to escape,” she said. “It was so awful.”

The woman, now 61, first told her story in public during a Los Angeles County civil trial over the lawsuit brought by Jodi Huth, who alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her. At Playboy Mansion when she was 16 at about the same time, in the spring of 1975.

The woman testified that she, her mother, family and other friends were on the Los Angeles set of “Let’s Do It Again” starring Cosby and Sidney Poitier, whom Cosby invited to act as extras after they met at the tennis tournament a few months earlier.

She said Cosby alone invited her to his trailer to help him straighten the tie he was wearing in a scene.

“Catch me right away,” she said. “He started kissing me, all over my face, his tongue down my throat.”

When asked by Huth’s attorney Nathan Goldberg how tightly she was being held, she replied, “It’s enough that I couldn’t escape.”

After about 30 seconds she freely withdrew and left.

The pictures were shown at Cosby’s court and the 14-year-old boy together at a tennis tournament, smiling and putting his arms around her. Other photos of Cosby and the girl with her family were shown on the set of the movie. Huth later met Cosby on a different set of the same movie.

Old photos from the mid-1970s loomed large at trial, one of the last remaining legal cases against Cosby following his criminal conviction in Pennsylvania. He was fired and other lawsuits were settled by his insurance company. Two photos of Cosby and Hoth were shown at the Playboy mansion during the previous testimony. Cosby has denied sexually assaulting Hoth, and his attorney says the case relates to her attempt to profit from the photos.

The woman who testified on Friday, after leaving the trailer, said she didn’t tell anyone she was with Cosby, who did not attend the trial.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said. “I didn’t want to ruin everything for everyone else.”

They went on for the rest of their day, appearing in a boxing scene for the movie that was filmed at the Grand Olympic Auditorium.

In her questioning of the woman, Cosby’s attorney Jennifer Bonjian showed a still image from a movie of the girl and her brother cheering in the front row next to the boxing ring.

Bongin asked if she was in a daze at the time.

“Maybe you are,” said the woman.

“Potential?” Bonjean asked.

“I was in a daze when I was there,” she said.

The woman said she didn’t talk about the incident until she told her husband years later, and told her teenage daughter years later.

I asked Bonjean if multiple media reports containing allegations in 2015 about Cosby prompted her to come forward and tell her story to Gloria Allred, who represents her and Huth alongside Goldberg.

The woman said a brief clip from Allred prompted her to do so after she heard Cosby’s denial, but said she had no intention of filing a lawsuit when she sought Allred.

The woman is not a party to the lawsuit, but is allowed to testify with another woman about her experiences in the Hoth case.

Bonjean presented serious challenges to another witness, Margie Shapiro, who has told her story several times before to the media and at a press conference with Allred.

Shapiro testified that when she was 19 in November of 1975, she was at the Playboy Mansion with Cosby when he gave her a pill that she voluntarily took. She said she later awoke from losing consciousness to find him raping her.

Bonjean produced a document that showed Shapiro was supposed to be in court as a defendant on the day she said she met Cosby when she was working at a donut shop near the set of another movie he was making.

“Maybe I’m gone,” Shapiro said. “If I needed to, I was to take a short break.”

Bonjean also questioned Shapiro about a court-produced matchbook that Shapiro said she got at Cosby’s home when they stopped there for a while before going to the mansion.

On the matchbook read “11/18/1975, my evening at Bill Cosby’s house.”

“After this drugging and rape, did you keep a souvenir?” Bonjean asked.

It mattered, whether it was good or bad, Shapiro replied.

Bonjean also challenged Shapiro about her testimony that she knew that the pill Cosby gave her was not Quaalude, a popular inhibitor of the 1970s, due to the coding engraved on it.

She noted that she said in an interview with police in 2016, that the pill sounded like a Quaalude and that Cosby told her it was one.

“Either I got it wrong, or the investigator got it wrong,” Shapiro said.

One of the jurors, many of whom were not born in the 1970s, raised his hand and asked the judge for an explanation of what thrushes were. Shapiro compared it to Valium.

Shapiro said she angrily went looking for Cosby’s home days later but was unable to find it.

Bungin asked if it was true that she was upset that Cosby had refused to take her to the Playboy mansion, that she had consensual sex with Cosby at his house and that she didn’t like the way he treated her afterwards.

“I was upset because he raped me,” she said.

The Associated Press does not usually mention people who say they have been sexually assaulted, unless they come forward in public, as Huth and Shapiro have done several times.


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