The California Supreme Court has turned down Bill Cosby’s challenge to a sexual assault lawsuit against him, meaning the suit can go forward and Cosby could be questioned under oath for the first time in years — by super-aggressive, feminist lawyer Gloria Allred.
“We believe we have a right to take his deposition in this civil lawsuit. We are going to tomorrow provide him with dates in August when we are available to do that,” Allred told KNX Newsradio on Wednesday. “We are willing to even go to Massachusetts where allegedly he resides and take it.”
Judith Huth filed a civil lawsuit late last year against Cosby, who she claimed molested her in 1974 in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. She was 15 at the time. Cosby’s attorneys submitted a request for review last month claiming the comedian should not have been publicly named in the suit, citing a California law on childhood sexual cases, according to CNN.
In the lawsuit, Huth claimed that she and a friend, who was 16 at the time, had met Cosby on a film set in Los Angeles. The next weekend, the suit said, he invited them to his tennis club, where he gave them alcohol, and then took them to the Playboy mansion, The Washington Post reported late last year.
“While at the Playboy Mansion, plaintiff told Cosby that she needed to use the bathroom,” according to the suit. “Cosby directed her to a bathroom within a bedroom suite near the game room. When plaintiff emerged from the bathroom, she found Cosby sitting on the bed. He asked her to sit beside him. He then proceeded to sexually molest her by attempting to put his hand down her pants, and then taking her hand in his hand and performing a sex act on himself without her consent.”
Huth became the first woman to take legal action against the comedian since a former Temple University employee filed suit in 2005. A deposition in that suit has recently been released in part and leaked in part in which Cosby admitted to obtaining seven prescriptions for Quaaludes, a powerful sedative, to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
Cosby countersued Huth, claiming she tried to sell the same story to the tabloids 10 years earlier, which, Cosby’s attorneys argued, would mean the statute of limitations barred her suit.
Huth’s attorney Allred called the court’s decision a “huge, huge victory,” according to CNN. She said Huth plans to schedule a deposition within the next month.
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