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Bill Cosby accuser meets with LAPD; department 'committed' to investigating

LAPD detectives meet with woman who alleges that Bill Cosby assaulted her, officials confirm

A woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby at the Playboy Mansion decades ago met with Los Angeles police detectives for nearly 90 minutes Friday, her attorney said.

Attorney Gloria Allred told reporters that her client, Judy Huth, decided to pursue a police investigation of the alleged assault after LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said his detectives would look into all claims brought to the department regarding the comedian. 

Beck said Thursday that his detectives would investigate any allegations, even if they occurred past the legal time limit for prosecution. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Huth alleged Cosby assaulted her in 1974, when she was 15.

"We are here to accept Chief Beck's invitation," Allred said.

Huth stood next to Allred at a Friday evening news conference, tears brimming in her eyes. She did not speak to reporters.

Calls to Cosby's attorney, Martin D. Singer, were not immediately returned. 

Cmdr. Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, confirmed that detectives met with a woman who alleged she was a victim of Cosby's. He said late Friday that detectives would "do everything they can at this point in time to get to the bottom of what happened."

"It will all depend on what the victim gave us and the information she gave us and the allegations she made," he said. "But as Chief Beck said, we're committed to investigate it. So they will do everything they can to investigate this, even if it is out of statute."

Huth filed a lawsuit against Cosby in Los Angeles on Tuesday, alleging she met the comedian at a San Marino park in 1974.

Huth said that Cosby invited her and a 16-year-old friend to his tennis club, then led the girls to a house where he made Huth drink beer while they played billiards, according to the lawsuit. She said he then led them to the Playboy Mansion, where the alleged assault occurred. 

Allred declined to discuss the lawsuit because it was filed by another attorney.

Singer, Cosby's attorney, filed a response asking a judge to dismiss Huth's lawsuit, in part because it has passed the statute of limitations for litigation.

Singer alleged Huth initially demanded $100,000, then $250,000 from the comedian "to keep quiet," according to court documents, and called her allegations "patently false."

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UPDATE

7:32 p.m.: This article was updated throughout with new developments.

This article was first published at 5:31 p.m.

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