Legal blow

Bill Cosby loses last attempt to avoid sexual assault lawsuit

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It’s starting to look like Bill Cosby will finally face a judge in connection with at least one of the multiple cases of sexual assault accusations he’s facing. The scandal-plagued comedian lost his last bid to fend off a lawsuit for allegedly sexually abusing Judy Huth, who was 15 years old at the time, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974, as the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the comedian’s petition to review the case. Huth, now in her fifties, is one of the dozens women who have come forward in the past year and accused Cosby of drugging and raping or molesting them in separate incidents over the span of several decades. According to her attorney Gloria Allred, the court’s decision cleared the way for litigation to proceed, and she said she intended to take Cosby’s sworn deposition within the next 30 days. “We are looking forward to Mr. Cosby answering questions under oath at his deposition,” Allred said. “It’s a very big victory.” Huth’s lawsuit is one of at least four pending lawsuits against Cosby, and the only one to seek damages for the sexual assault itself (the other ones are “defamation lawsuits”, with the victims accusing Cosby of falsely branding them as liars for denying the sexual assault ever took place.) Cosby has never been criminally charged and a woman attorney from his legal team appeared on ABC’s GMA Wednesday to defend the beleaguered comedian in the wake of a 2005 deposition of Cosby’s being made public.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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