Cosby asks court to dis­miss law­suit

Woman says she was mo­lested in 1974. An ear­lier rul­ing al­lowed the case to con­tinue.

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha@la­times.com

At­tor­neys for co­me­dian Bill Cosby are ask­ing the Cal­i­for­nia Supreme Court to dis­miss a law­suit filed by a woman who claimed he mo­lested her at the Play­boy Man­sion in 1974, when she was 15.

The pe­ti­tion for re­view was filed Tues­day af­ter the Court of Ap­peal re­jected Cosby’s re­quest to re­verse a lower court’s de­ci­sion to al­low Judy Huth to con­tinue with her case.

Calls to Cosby’s at­tor­ney were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Ac­cord­ing to Huth’s law­suit, she and a 16-year-old friend met the co­me­dian in 1974 at a San Marino park. Later, Cosby gave her al­co­hol and led her to the man­sion, where the attack oc­curred, she said.

Huth’s case is one of a string of sex­ual as­sault ac­cu­sa­tions against Cosby.

The law­suit was filed in De­cem­ber. The Los An­ge­les County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice de­clined to file crim­i­nal charges against Cosby, 77, be­cause the statute of lim­i­ta­tions in the case had passed.

“There­fore, pros­e­cu­tion to­day for any po­ten­tial felony sex crime from 1974 would also be barred,” the dis­trict at­tor­ney said in a court doc­u­ment.

Huth’s at­tor­ney, Glo­ria Allred, said she plans to file an op­po­si­tion against Cosby’s pe­ti­tion.

“We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to fight for Ms. Huth’s right to have her al­le­ga­tions against Mr. Cosby de­cided at trial in the Los An­ge­les County Su­pe­rior Court,” she said in a state­ment.

Evan Vucci As­so­ci­ated Press

THE LAW­SUIT ac­cuses Bill Cosby of mo­lest­ing a woman when she was 15.

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