Civil jury finds Bill Cosby sexually abused teenager in 1975

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The Los Angeles County jury delivered the verdict in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64, and awarded her $500,000. Jurors found that Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact … Read more

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna settle before trial’s sequel

LOS ANGELES — A settlement agreement has been reached on the eve of a second trial pitting the Kardashian family against former reality TV star Blac Chyna. Jury selection had been set to begin Monday in the trial over Chyna’s claims that her former fiance Rob Kardashian maliciously posted nude photos of her in 2017 … Read more

Bill Cosby civil trial jury must start deliberations over

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — After two days of deliberations in which they reached verdicts on nearly all of the questions put before them, jurors in a civil trial who were deciding on sexual abuse claims against Bill Cosby will have to start from scratch on Monday. By the end of the court day Friday, the … Read more

Georgetown dad acquitted in final college bribery scam trial

BOSTON — A father was acquitted Thursday of paying off a Georgetown University tennis coach to get his daughter into the school in the final trial linked to the explosive college admissions bribery scandal. Amin Khoury was not found guilty by jurors on all counts in the case that accused him of bribing then-Georgetown tennis … Read more

Amber Heard says she doesn’t blame jury in Depp libel case

NEW YORK — Amber Heard says she doesn’t blame the jury that awarded Johnny Depp more than $10 million after a contentious six-week libel trial in her first post-verdict interview. “I don’t blame them,” Heard told “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie in an interview clip aired Monday on NBC. He’s a beloved character and people feel … Read more

Depp-Heard trial: Advocates fear chilling effect on accusationrs

The call came Thursday, only a day after the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard victims verdict, to a free legal clinic for domestic violence in Athens, Georgia. The woman wanted to pursue her abuse claims, but she was worried. “The fear was that she’d be seen to be a liar like Amber Heard,” clinic director Christine Scartz … Read more

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Uphill battle to rebuild images

After an explosive six-week libel trial followed by millions on social media and live TV, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard each face an uphill battle: trying to rebuild their images and careers. Depp already has a head start, with a jury verdict Wednesday largely favoring his narrative, that his ex-wife defamed him by accusing him … Read more

Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction upheld by appeals court

NEW YORK — A New York appeals court upheld Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction and 23-year prison sentence Thursday, rejecting the movie mogul’s claims that the judge at his landmark #MeToo trial prejudiced him by allowing women to testify about allegations that weren’t part of the criminal case . The ruling by a five-judge panel in … Read more

Depp-Heard defamation trial: What was the jury considering?

FAIRFAX, Va. — After a six-week trial, a civil jury in Virginia spent about 12 hours over three days deliberating defamation claims by Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. The jury on Wednesday afternoon awarded Depp more than $10 million in damages, while finding that Heard’s counterclaim had merits too, awarding her $2 million … Read more

Depp and Heard face uncertain career prospects after trial

FAIRFAX, Va. — A jury’s finding that both Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard, were defamed in a long-running public dispute capped a lurid six-week trial that also raised questions about whether the two actors can overcome tarnished reputations. The verdict handed down Wednesday in Virginia found that Depp had been defamed by three … Read more