A woman has testified she was 14 when Bill Cosby took her to a trailer on a film set in 1975, grabbed her so she couldn’t move her arms and kissed her.
“I had a hard time getting out of it,” she said.
“It was very shocking.”
The woman, now 61, told her story in a public place for the first time during a civil trial in Los Angeles County regarding the lawsuit of Judy Huth, who alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 16 around the same time. , in the spring of 1975.
The woman testified that she, her mother and other family members and friends were on the Los Angeles set of the film Let’s Do It Again, starring Cosby and Sidney Poitier, where Cosby invited them to act as extras after meeting them at a tennis tournament a few months earlier.
She said Cosby invited her to his trailer alone to help straighten the bow tie he wore for a scene.
“He immediately grabbed me,” she said.
“He started kissing me, all over my face, tongue in my throat.”
Asked by Ms Huth’s lawyer, Nathan Goldberg, how hard Cosby was holding her, she replied: ‘Enough that I couldn’t get away’.
After about 30 seconds, she broke free and left.
Photos were shown in court of Cosby and the 14-year-old together at the tennis tournament, with him smiling and his arms around her.
Other photos were shown of Cosby and the girl with her family on the set of the film.
Mrs. Huth would later meet Cosby on a different set of the same film.
Old photos from the mid-1970s featured prominently at the trial, one of the last remaining lawsuits against Cosby after his Pennsylvania criminal conviction was thrown out and other lawsuits were settled by his insurer.
Two photos of Cosby and Ms Huth at the Playboy Mansion were shown in earlier testimony.
Cosby denied sexually assaulting Ms Huth, and her lawyer said the case was about her trying to cash in on the photos.
The woman who testified said that after she left the trailer she did not tell anyone she was with about what happened with Cosby, who is not attending the trial.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said. “I didn’t want to ruin everything for everyone.”
They spent the rest of their day, appearing in a boxing scene for the film shot at the Grand Olympic Auditorium.
In her cross-examination of the woman, Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, showed a photo from the film of the young girl and her brother cheering in the front row next to the boxing ring.
Bonjean asked if she had been upset at the time.
“I probably was,” the woman said.
“Most likely?” asked Ms. Bonjean.
“I was overwhelmed when I was there,” she said.
The woman said she didn’t speak about the incident until she told her husband years later and her teenage daughter years later.
Ms Bonjean asked whether several media reports containing allegations in 2015 about Cosby led her to come forward and tell her story to Gloria Allred, who, along with Mr Goldberg, represents her and Ms Huth.
The woman said a brief clip from Allred prompted her to do so after hearing Cosby’s refusal, but said she had no plans to take legal action when she looked up Ms. Allred.
The woman is not a party to the trial, but is allowed to give evidence with another woman about her experiences in Ms Huth’s case.
Ms. Bonjean issued serious challenges to the other witness, Margie Shapiro, who has already told her story several times to the media and at a press conference with Ms. Allred.
Ms Shapiro testified that when she was 19 in November 1975, she was at the Playboy Mansion with Cosby when he gave her a pill, which she took voluntarily. She said she later awoke from unconsciousness to find him raping her.
Ms Bonjean produced a document showing Ms Shapiro was supposed to be in court as a defendant on the day she said she met Cosby while working in a donut shop near the set of another film he was making .
“I might have left,” Ms Shapiro said.
“If I had needed it, I would have taken a short break.”
Ms Bonjean also grilled Ms Shapiro on a matchbook that was produced in court which Ms Shapiro said she got from Cosby when they briefly stopped there before driving to the mansion.
Written on the matchbook was “11/18/1975, my night at Bill Cosby’s”.
“After this drug and this rape, do you have any memories?” asked Ms. Bonjean.
“It was important whether it was good or bad,” Ms. Shapiro replied.
Ms Bonjean also challenged Ms Shapiro on her evidence that she knew the pill Cosby gave her was not a Quaalude, a popular depressant in the 1970s, because of the coding engraved on it.
She pointed out that in a 2016 police interview she said the pill looked like a Quaalude and that Cosby told her it was.
“Either I got it wrong or the detective got it wrong,” Ms Shapiro said.
One of the jurors, many of whom weren’t born in the 1970s, raised their hand and asked the judge for clarification on what a Quaalude was.
Ms. Shapiro compared it to Valium.
Ms Shapiro said she angrily went looking for Cosby’s house days later but couldn’t find it.
Ms Bonjean asked if it was true that she was upset because Cosby had refused to take her to the Playboy Mansion, and that she and Cosby had consensual sex at his house and that she did not like the how he treated her afterwards.
“I was upset because he raped me,” she said.
Ms. Huth and Ms. Shapiro have publicly identified themselves on several occasions.