Cosby asks court to dismiss lawsuit
Woman says she was molested in 1974. An earlier ruling allowed the case to continue.
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.
THE LAWSUIT accuses Bill Cosby of molesting a woman when she was 15.