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In video testimony played for jurors Wednesday at a civil trial, Bill Cosby denies sexually abusing a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s.

Asked by an attorney for Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby, whether he had tried to put his hand down Huth’s pants, Cosby quickly and clearly answers “no.” Asked if he exposed himself and forced her to touch him sexually, Cosby answers “no” in the same way.

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Asked whether it was possible that these things happened but Cosby didn’t remember them, Cosby answered “no.”

“Why would that not be possible?” Huth’s attorney Nathan Goldberg asks.

“Because,” Cosby replies, “the fact that this young lady is saying that she told me she was 15.”

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In another clip, Goldberg asks Cosby if he would knowingly have relationships with girls who were under 18 in the mid-1970s. Cosby answers “no.” But he also says “no” when asked whether he would make sure those he sought sexual relationships with were 18.


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At the time the video deposition was taken, on Oct. 9, 2015, Huth maintained that the molestation had taken place in 1973 or 1974, when she was 15, but shortly before trial said an examination of the evidence showed it was in 1975, when she was 16.

The 12 minutes of clips, played for the jury at the end of the sixth day of the trial in Los Angeles County, represent the first time Cosby’s voice was heard during the proceedings. He’s wearing a gray sportscoat with a dress shirt and tie and sitting at a table.

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The 85-year-old actor and comedian is not attending the trial due to glaucoma that has left him blind, his representatives said. A judge also ruled that he could invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege and decline to testify or to give a second deposition in the case that the plaintiff had sought.

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Cosby says in the video that he did not remember meeting Huth or her friend Donna Samuelson, who each testified earlier in the trial that they met him on a film set, then days later met up with him at a tennis club, briefly visited a house he was staying at then went with him to the mansion.

Asked whether being shown pictures of himself with Huth at the mansion would change his answers about whether he knew them, Cosby replies that it would mean little.

“What is the word `know,’ that I `know’ somebody?” Cosby says in one of his few long replies in the video. “Or that I met someone? Or that, while at Disneyland I met a hundred people and took pictures with them? Or that, while I’m at the airport I’m sitting, waiting to catch a plane and people come up and sit next to me, sit on me, put your arm around me, say hello and take a picture that later might show up somewhere somehow and that I know this person? No, sir.”

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Cosby adds, “It doesn’t mean that they were with me, or that I was even with them.”


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Two pictures that Samuelson took of Cosby with Huth at the mansion have been shown several times during the trial. Cosby’s attorney Gloria Bonjean has acknowledged that he took the girls there, but both Bonjean and a Cosby spokesman have repeatedly denied that any sexual interaction took place.

Huth’s attorneys rested their case after playing the video. Cosby’s attorneys will begin calling their own witnesses Thursday.

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Huth, now 64, was on the stand earlier Wednesday after testifying for much of Tuesday.

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While cross-examining her, Bonjean challenged Huth over the timing of her struggles with depression, suggesting they were clearly not spurred by any abuse from Cosby.

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Huth filed the lawsuit in 2014, saying that her son turning 15 that same year brought back painful memories of her sexual assault, and brought on subsequent depression.

Bonjean showed Huth medical records from 2011, 2012 and 2013 in which her doctor assessed her with major depression and prescribed her anti-depressants.

“We can agree that you suffered from major depression before your son turned 15?” Bonjean asked Huth, who was on the witness stand in a Los Angeles County courthouse for a second day in the civil trial.

“I don’t know that I did,” Huth said.

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“So medical records showing that would be inaccurate?” Bonjean asked.


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Huth repeatedly answered that and similar questions by saying she did not remember dealing with depression or taking medications for it during those years, but acknowledged that the documents in front of her said she had.

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Bonjean also pointed to different potential causes for Huth’s depression.

“You had a long history of trauma in your life that had nothing to do with Mr. Cosby, right?” Bonjean asked.

“Nothing as bad as that, that’s for sure,” Huth answered.

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Huth’s lawsuit says she suffered psychological damage from Cosby’s abuse from 2014 when she began having anxiety over it and flashbacks to it, until 2018 when he was sent to prison in the Pennsylvania criminal case.

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Goldberg, her attorney, asked her Wednesday, “Did you know when you were 16 that what Mr. Cosby did caused you psychological injury?”

“No,” Huth answered. “I was just a kid.”

The trial represents one of the last remaining legal claims against the 85-year-old Cosby after his criminal conviction was thrown out by an appeals court and he was freed from prison last year, and his insurer settled many other lawsuits against his will.

The Associated Press does not normally name people who say they have been sexually abused, unless they come forward publicly, as Huth has.

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When a federal jury found R. Kelly guilty on nine charges related to racketeering and sex trafficking in September, it brought some measure of legal closure to his long trail of abuse. Accusations of the singer’s sexual misconduct began surfacing nearly three decades ago: Over the course of his career, Kelly married a 15-year-old Aaliyah, faced and was acquitted on child-pornography charges, and, calling himself the Pied Piper of R&B, cultivated an artistic persona that positioned sex as a matter of his eccentric genius.

At Kelly’s sentencing hearing in a Brooklyn courtroom on Wednesday, Judge Ann Marie Donnelly, in announcing her decision, reflected on the scale of his abuses: “These crimes were calculated and carefully planned for almost 25 years.” She sentenced the singer, who worked at the highest rungs of pop and R&B, to 30 years in prison.

Kelly’s trial lasted six weeks and included testimony from over 40 witnesses. Prosecutors described the singer as the leader of a criminal enterprise made up of his entourage and employees who leveraged his celebrity in service of recruiting his scores of underage victims. Prosecutors had requested a sentence of at least 25 years, while Kelly’s attorneys asked for 10 or fewer. Kelly is 55 years old.

Wednesday’s hearing expanded on the horrors delineated during his trial last year, and added to them a level of detail about the enduring impact of Kelly’s abuse. A woman testifying under the name Addie, who said Kelly sexually assaulted her in 1994, said in her victim statement in the courtroom that she has suffered “within my heart from emotional breakdowns and thoughts of suicide and self-sabotage.”

Lizzette Martinez, who said she met Kelly when she was 17 years old in 1995, said that a “lifetime of depression and PTSD” began with his sexual assaults. She recalled how his friends and entourage looked on as she became his “sex slave” for years.

Turning to Kelly, she said, “Robert, you destroyed so many people’s lives.”

“I feel like I should refresh your memory,” said another woman, identified as Jane Doe No. 2, as she addressed Kelly. The woman met Kelly when he was 31 and she was 19. She recounted how Kelly forced her to perform oral sex on him in a car filled with his 30-something friends.

“Do you remember that?” she said in a firm voice.

As Kelly whispered with his lawyers, the woman paused her own statement: “I’m sorry, I didn’t want to interrupt his conversation.”

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Outside of such interactions with his counsel, Kelly didn’t visibly move or react during the victim statements or as Donnelly read his sentence.

While Kelly’s trial was the first high-profile case of the #MeToo era in which most of the victims were Black, race was rarely mentioned in the court proceedings. Kelly amassed success and acclaim across the landscape of American pop music, and more specifically in the Black traditions of R&B and gospel. As Kitti Jones, who has said that Kelly abused her during their relationship between 2011 and 2013, spoke on Wednesday, she pointed to the time that passed before Kelly’s crimes caught up to him.

“Knowing his fanbase looked like many of his victims,” Jones said, “he knew the public would never believe them.”

The only words Kelly had for the courtroom, just before his sentence was delivered, were: “Yes, your honor, that’s my wish.” He was confirming his lawyer Jennifer Bonjean’s remark that he didn’t wish to address the judge or his victims, citing his other pending cases. (Kelly also faces sex crimes charges in Minnesota at the state level and federal charges in Illinois, all of which he has denied.) As in Kelly’s sentencing submission to the court, Bonjean said on Wednesday that mitigating factors for Kelly’s sentence should include his own history of childhood abuse.

“He accepts that he is a flawed individual,” she said. “He does sit here with regrets.”

Donnelly, in explaining her sentencing decision, said she took Kelly’s experience of abuse into account, but only up to a point: “Even if it is a form of an explanation, it is certainly not an excuse.” She wondered how it all could’ve happened in plain sight.

“I don’t know why these people turned a blind eye,” Donnelly said, referring to the members of Kelly’s enterprise. “Maybe it just became normal to these people.”

The sentence she decided on is about as long as the record of Kelly’s abuse. For decades, he operated with near-total impunity as his career flourished. A woman using the pseudonym Angela on Wednesday spoke to how the truths of Kelly’s life and his work had finally begun to converge: “Your self-proclaimed alter ego of the Pied Piper could not exist without the living, breathing Robert Sylvester Kelly.”

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Khloe Kardashian is sizzling in a sheer nude bodysuit for Kim Kardashian‘s new SKKN skincare line. The Good American founder, 38, posed in a sultry series of photos shared on her Instagram page on June 29 (seen here) and looked confident and sexy as she lounged on a marble chase. The bodysuit, which matched the color of her skin, was covered in various black-outlined designs that looked like tattoos, such as a cross, a bird spreading its wings, and roses. She accessorized the skin-tight look with a large pair of gold hoop earrings and clear heels. Khloe’s hair was tied back into a sleek bun and she wore natural-looking makeup. “SKKN anyone?” she captioned the post.

Kim, 41, officially released her line of nine products on June 21 after announcing its creation 20 days prior. On June 14, she stripped down to a bare face to promote her line and allowed her trusted esthetician to pamper her with a facial using her products, which include toner, face scrub, various serums, and more. On launch day, the mother of four gushed about what her new line means to her. “I’m so proud of this line of products — not only are they efficacious, clean, backed in science, and formulated for all types of skin, but they bring a spa-like experience right to your home,” she wrote in a note to Instagram alongside a photo of her sleek-looking products. “From sought-after ingredients and clinically-proven formulas, to compostable kraft bags and refills made from recycled materials, this skincare collection means so much to me. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on these products.”

Khloe shouted out her sister’s line earlier in the day on Wednesday before sharing the sexy bodysuit photos. “SKKN!!!! Kimberly I am constantly in awe of you! Congratulations on the launch of @skkn. You deserve the world,” she enthusiastically wrote underneath a carousel of pictures of her, Kim, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Ming Lee Simmons posing for the brand.

Prior to the SKKN shoutout, Khloe posted a steamy Boomerang of herself posing in a teeny pink bikini by Good American. “I have no idea how long ago I took these but I love this @goodamerican pink bikini!!!” she noted.

It looks like Khloe is comfortable both promoting SKKN and her own skin, as she should be!


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Turns out it’s true — age ain’t nothing but a number.

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To me, there’s no way Harry Shum Jr. is over 35.

But he IS. Harry Shum Jr. is 40.


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Tessa Thompson is 30 in my head.


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But in reality, she is 38.

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Without knowing, I’d think Andrew Garfield was 29.


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But people, Andrew Garfield is also 38!


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I don’t believe Gabrielle Union is a day over 37.


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And yet, Gabrielle Union is 49.


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5.

Sandra Bullock is 45 to me.


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But in real life, Sandra Bullock is 57.

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In my mind, Vin Diesel is 40.


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But the fact is, Vin Diesel is 54.


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I thought Gabourey Sidibe was like…26, and I just asked my sister and she thought she was 25.

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But she’s 39.


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Zoe Kazan is like 27, right?


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WRONG. Zoe Kazan is 38.


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I thought Sebastian Stan was like 35.


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Turns out he’s 39.


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10.

In my opinion, Dave Franco is 33.


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In reality, Dave Franco is 37.


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I thought Josh Duhamel was 42 max.


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But he is actually 49.

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12.

We can all agree that Thomas Brodie-Sangster is 22, right?

NO. He’s not. He is 32.


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13.

Adam Driver seems 32.


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And yet, Adam Driver is 38.


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I was pretttyyy sure Eddie Redmayne is 33.


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But no. Eddie Redmayne is 40.


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15.

If you asked me, LL Cool J is 45.


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But his birth certificate would confirm he is 54.


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I would have guessed that Jennifer Lopez is 39.

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But she is 52.


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Shawn Wayans is 40 in my head.


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But actually, he’s 51.


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18.

I thought Martha Stewart was around 65.


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But Martha Stewart is 80 — 80!!!

19.

Common has gotta be 42 at MOST.


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But nope, Common is 50.


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I’d have said Nicola Coughlan (from Bridgerton) is 28.


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I thought Keegan-Michael Key was no older than 44.

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But actually, he’s 51.


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22.

I truly thought Alison Brie was 32.


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Turns out Alison Brie is 39.


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23.

Who else here thought Pharrell Williams was 38?


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Because you’re wrong. He’s 49.


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24.

In my brain, Laverne Cox can’t be older than 40.


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But in reality, she’s 50.


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I would have guessed Kieran Culkin is around 35…tops.


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He’s actually 39 IRL.

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26.

In my personal opinion, Jim Parsons is 40.


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In real life, he is 49.


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27.

I 100% thought Natalie Dormer was younger than 35.


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But Natalie Dormer is 40.


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28.

In my silly little head, I thought Bianca Lawson was no older than 25.


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In actuality, Bianca Lawson is 43.

29.

IDK, I just figured Gina Rodriguez was 31.


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News flash: Gina Rodriguez is 37.

30.

Rob Lowe is 49 to me.


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The fact is, Rob Lowe is 58.

31.

And finally, Jason Earles from Hannah Montana seems like he is 24-ish.

But nope! Jason Earles is 45.


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