A legal technicality won’t spare beleaguered comedy legend Bill Cosby from a possible sexual assault trial, a California judge said on Wednesday. Over the objections of Cosby’s legal team, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan refused to dismiss a sexual assault lawsuit brought last December by Judy Huth, who alleges that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old. Huth’s former attorney made a mistake when originally filing the suit. He mentioned Cosby by name, which Cosby’s attorneys argued meant the comedian couldn’t be guaranteed a fair trial because the error opened the floodgates of accusations that Cosby otherwise wouldn’t have had to defend himself against. Cosby’s lawyers also claimed that Huth tried to extort the comedian for $250,000 and attempted to sell her story to The National Enquirer a decade ago. But Karlan ruled that despite the procedural error, Cosby was still able to receive a fair trial. Huth’s is one of three suits filed against Cosby. Model Chloe Goines filed one Tuesday, claiming Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Meanwhile, NBC announced that 27 women will appear in a special episode of its Dateline newsmagazine on Friday night and talk about “personal recollections of assault, betrayal, and emotional distress.” Also on Friday, Cosby will give testimony in a deposition for Huth’s case, but Karlan ruled that whatever transpires during the deposition will remain under a gag order until a December hearing.
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