The California Supreme Court denied a request to review a lawsuit against Bill Cosby, paving the way for the comedian to be deposed in a civil suit filed by a woman who claims he molested her in the 1970s.
The court denied Cosby’s petition Wednesday, court records show, which means he can expect a request to be interviewed under oath by attorney Gloria Allred within the next 30 days, the attorney said.
Allred is representing Judy Huth. Cosby wanted the case reviewed because, according to his attorney, he should not have been named in it under California’s laws on childhood sex abuse cases.
Huth said she and a 16-year-old friend met the comedian at a San Marino park in 1974. The alleged assault occurred later, after Huth said Cosby gave her alcohol to drink and led her to the Playboy Mansion.
Huth alleges she suffered “psychological injuries and illnesses” that she only connected to the assault within the last three years.
This would not be the first time Cosby has been deposed in a lawsuit connected to sexual assault allegations.
On Saturday, the New York Times released excerpts from a deposition from a 2005 and 2006 lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who alleges Cosby drugged and assaulted her. In recent months, more than 45 women have accused Cosby, 77, of sexual misconduct dating back to the late 1960s.
The deposition revealed that Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with and to giving them to at least one woman.
Staff writer Saba Hamedy contributed to this report.
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