Comedian and television actor Bill Cosby has been accused on several occasions of sexual assault on women back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. But he has been able to keep his name clear and avoid criminal charges.
This time though, Cosby has failed to block the most recent allegation of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female at the Playboy Mansion in L.A. back in 1974. His petition to review Judy Huth’s case was denied and her attorneys are now able to interrogate him under oath.
Huth claims that Cosby got her intoxicated before sexually assaulting her. Huth’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, stated that it was a huge victory for them: “We are looking forward to Mr. Cosby answering questions under oath at his deposition.” The decision essentially means that Huth can proceed with her litigation against Cosby.
There weren’t any immediate responses from Cosby’s side. However, documents regarding one of the comedian’s previous court cases from 2005 (when he was sued by Andrea Constand) have surfaced, which state that Cosby admitted to giving women drugs before having sexual encounters with them. The drugs were Quaaludes, which he obtained from doctors and never consumed himself. Cosby is now in turn suing Andrea Constand, who breached a confidentiality agreement when she apparently leaked these documents to The New York Times.
Cosby has hired lawyer Monique Pressley, who stated that even though the deposition from Constand’s case might have been embarrassing, none of his statements indicated an admission of wrongdoings, not criminally at least, or of any sexual encounters that weren’t consensual.
Huth is just one of over 40 women who have spoken up in the past year against Cosby. They all claim that he pumped them with drugs or alcohol followed by non-consensual intercourse. There are currently four pending civil suits, including Huth’s, against Cosby, all stemming from similar accusations.
Gorman, S., “Bill Cosby loses latest legal bid to block sexual abuse lawsuit,” The Globe and Mail web site, July 23, 2015; http://goo.gl/fOPUHY.