Judge Orders Bill Cosby to Sit for Deposition in Sexual Assault Case
Bill Cosby has lost a bid to review a lawsuit by Judy Huth and ordered to give a sworn deposition in the sexual assault case against him. It is another setback for Cosby, who was once considered too powerful by his accusers to bring to justice.
Judy Huth is suing Cosby for sexual battery claiming that he forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy mansion back in 1974 when she was just 15. Cosby was attempting to fight off the legal action and petitioned the court to allow him to review the case, but a judge said no and ordered him to sit for a deposition.
The statute of limitations has expired for the case but Huth is suing Cosby for psychological damages. Marty Singer, Cosby’s lawyer, attempted to paint Huth out as an extortionist even filing a counterclaim accusing her of attempting to extort his client. Huth has another victory when the allowed her to be deposed after Cosby. His attorneys had been fighting to have her deposed first.
With close to 50 women coming forward with eerily similar accusations, Cosby has suffered a big blow to his image as America’s favorite dad. Despite settling out of court with another accuser, Andrea Constand, Cosby’s image remained unscathed. Until comedian Hannibal Buress called him a rapist during his stand-up act. Buress called Cosby out for scolding comics for cursing while he, according to Buress, was a rapist. Video of the act went viral opening the doors for the victims to come forward and finally be believed.
In the July issue of NY Magazine, 35 of Cosby’s alleged victims came forward in the featured cover story, vindication for many of the women who believed Cosby was too powerful to ever bring to justice. One victim, Noreen Malone, wrote, “In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger…” a perception that has changed. While victim shaming still happens, as we saw with some of the women coming forward to accuse the former Cosby Show star, Malone believes that coming forward and speaking out “is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape.”
Huth will have her chance to speak out with the help of attorney, Gloria Allred. Allred supported her client and told reporters, “We are looking forward to Mr. Cosby answering questions under oath at his deposition and we will continue to seek justice for our courageous client.” Cosby is expected to be deposed on October 9.
The deposition could be touchy for Cosby now that portions of a deposition from a previous case have been released. In that deposition he admitted to giving women quaaludes with the intention of having sex with them, as well as other predatory behaviors.
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