Gloria Allred, 3 accusers of Bill Cosby to speak to media

Gloria Allred to hold a press conference with 3 women who say they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby

Attorney Gloria Allred has called a news conference Wednesday with three women who allege they were sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby, including two women Allred said had never spoken to the media about their claims.

Allred did not provide details about the allegations in an announcement of the 12:30 p.m. news conference but said one of the accusers was mentioned anonymously in a 2005 lawsuit filed against the comedian.

The attorney said she would discuss what she believed would be the best way for all the women "to obtain justice in this matter.”

The news conference comes a day after a Riverside County woman filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15.

The lawsuit appears to be the first filed in connection with a recent wave of sexual assault accusations against the 77-year-old comedian.

Judy Huth was 15 years old, according to the lawsuit, when she and a 16-year-old friend met the comedian at a San Marino park in 1974. The assault came later, the suit states, after he gave her alcohol and led her to the Playboy Mansion.

The series of sexual assault allegations against Cosby has led to the suspension of two of his TV projects, cancellation of on-stage appearances, and reruns of "The Cosby Show" have been pulled from the air.

He previously settled a lawsuit with a woman accusing him of sexual assault in 2006.

On Monday, Cosby resigned from the board of trustees of his alma mater, Temple University, saying in a statement that he "wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students."

In Tuesday’s case, Huth alleged she suffered “psychological injuries and illnesses” that she only connected to the assault within the last three years. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for sexual battery and emotional distress.

Attorneys for Huth and Cosby did not respond to calls seeking comment.

Huth said she and a friend were in Lacy Park when they wandered over to a movie set where Cosby was working, according to the lawsuit. He approached the teenagers, invited them to sit in his director’s chair and asked how old they were, the lawsuit said.

Cosby invited the girls to his L.A. County tennis club the following Saturday, the lawsuit alleges. They met him there, then followed him to a house where he “served them alcohol beverages and played games of billiards” with Huth, according to the lawsuit.

Huth was required to drink a beer every time Cosby won a game, the lawsuit said.

Later, the girls followed Cosby to the Playboy Mansion, where the comedian told Huth and her friend to say they were 19 if anyone asked their ages, the lawsuit said.

At one point, Huth used a bathroom and emerged to find Cosby sitting on a bed, the lawsuit alleges.

The comedian asked the 15-year-old to sit down on the bed beside him and attempted to “put his hand down her pants,” according to the lawsuit. He then took her hand in his and performed a sexual act on himself “without her consent,” the lawsuit said.

“This traumatic incident, at such a tender age, has caused psychological damage and mental anguish ... that has caused her significant problems through her life,” the lawsuit said.

Under California law, people accused of the most serious sexual assaults involving minor victims can be charged criminally only if the crimes occurred in 1988 or later.

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UPDATE

10:12 a.m.: This post was updated to add information about the Allred news conference.

 

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