A spokesman for Bill Cosby lashed out at protesters after the comedian was found guilty of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl in a civil lawsuit.
Cosby, who was released from prison last year after a criminal conviction for sexual assault was overturned, was found guilty on Tuesday of abusing Judy Huth in 1975, when she was 16 years old. Cosby was ordered to pay Huth $500,000, although no punitive damages were awarded.
A video shared to Twitter by Variety shows Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt chastising 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.
“Real victims don’t act like this,” Wyatt said while gesturing towards the group heckling him. “Real victims of sexual assault … what these women have done is used the sexual assault card. Real victims don’t get out here and scream over the media when we gave you the ultimate respect.”
“We have stood forthright on the mountaintop of professionalism,” he continued. “We will always stand on that mountaintop of professionalism, no matter what. We’ll let her scream to the public because she’s not relevant.”
Earlier, Wyatt insisted that the verdict was not a “victory” for Huth, arguing that “the victory was ours” because Cosby’s team “got to show what this woman was all about,” provoking some laughter and heckles from the crowd.
Huth and her attorney Gloria Allred were standing to the side, around 20 feet from Wyatt, as the Cosby spokesman complained about the “level of people that Gloria Allred seems to go after.”
A woman in the crowd could be heard shouting “Gloria Allred is the best” before the camera panned over to Allred and Huth smiling and laughing while watching Wyatt speak.
Wyatt then directly addressed Allred and accused her of having “exploited Juneteenth” because she was “going after a Black icon.”
The crowd responded by shouting that Cosby was a “rapist” rather than an “icon,” with one woman in particular saying that she was “speaking as a Black woman” and a “Black survivor.”
Wyatt and Cosby’s legal team, who plan to appeal the verdict, left the media area soon after the confrontation with the crowd.
Huth said that Cosby committed the assault after inviting her and a friend, who was also a minor, to Los Angeles’ Playboy Mansion days after meeting them while filming a movie. Cosby has maintained his innocence.
Allred said that the verdict meant that Huth “won real change” after having “fought Bill Cosby, one step at a time, for over seven and a half years.”
“I was elated,” Huth, who is now 64, said of the verdict. “This, to me, was such a big victory. It really was, to all victims.”
Nearly 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault over several decades. Cosby has denied each accusation. At the conclusion of a 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 a predecessor’s earlier agreement to refrain from prosecuting Cosby.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the decision to overturn the verdict. Allred, who has represented 33 of Cosby’s accusers, vowed that he could “still face other consequences in the justice system” while previewing the Huth case.
Newsweek reached out to Cosby lawyer Jennifer Bonjean for comment.