Embattled comedian Bill Cosby received more bad news this week. According to reports, Cosby attempted to have the lawsuit of one of his accusers, Judy Huth, dismissed by the courts. Huth accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her when she was 15 at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. According to Huth, Cosby played pool and gave her and another minor who was 16, alcohol. Later during the night she emerged from a bathroom in one of bedrooms at the mansion and discovered Cosby sitting on the bed.
Huth alleges that Cosby told her to sit next to him and then tried to put his hand down her pants. When she refused, Cosby allegedly took her hand and forced her to perform a sex act on him. According to Huth’s lawsuit “This traumatic incident, at such a tender age, has caused psychological damage and mental anguish … that has caused her significant problems through her life.”
Cosby and his lawyers have called the claims made by Huth false and alleged that her lawyers tried to extort $100,000 from him and then raised the price to $250,000 as more accusations against Cosby became public. Now the California Supreme Court has ruled that Huth’s lawsuit can go forward and Cosby will face a deposition by Huth’s attorney Gloria Allred.
Allred issued an email statement saying, “Today we are happy to announce that the California Supreme Court has denied Mr. Cosby’s petition seeking review of Ms. Huth’s case against him. We had previously scheduled Mr. Cosby’s deposition for June 26, 2015, in this case, but we were unable to take it, because Mr. Cosby filed his petition with the Supreme Court. Now that the petition has been denied, we plan to notice his deposition and we will seek to take it as soon as possible within the next 30 days. We are looking forward to Mr. Cosby answering questions under oath at his deposition and we will continue to seek justice for our courageous client, Judy Huth.”
This latest blow against Cosby follows on the heels of released information from a 2006 deposition for a lawsuit in which he described giving women quaaludes before having what he described as consensual sex. The lawsuit filed by accuser Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University, was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.