Attorney Gloria Allred said Saturday that she grilled Bill Cosby under oath for several hours Friday in connection with a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims the comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old.
Cosby’s attorneys have denied any wrongdoing by the comedian, who has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting nearly 50 women across the country. He has not been charged with a crime.
Allred and other attorneys are not at liberty to discuss the content of the deposition with the media, but the attorney appeared at a press conference in Boston on Saturday morning, where she said the questioning took place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
A judge on Wednesday denied a request by Cosby’s attorneys to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Judy Huth, who alleges in her court papers that she has suffered “psychological damage and mental anguish” throughout her life, but only recently discovered the problems were “caused by the sexual abuse perpetrated by Cosby.”
Her lawsuit alleges sexual battery, intention infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Attorneys for the 78-year-old Cosby alleged that Huth’s previous attorney failed to file required documents with the suit and improperly identified Cosby as the defendant in violation of state law. They claimed that publicly identifying Cosby in the lawsuit — which was filed in December 2014 — led to the onslaught of other women across the country who have accused the comedian of drugging and assaulting them.
Allred denied the claim, saying more than a dozen women had already come forward anonymously in connection with a 2005 lawsuit against the comedian. She has also said that she will be seeking a further deposition of Cosby.
A deposition of Huth is scheduled for Thursday.
Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan has ordered that the depositions be sealed for at least 60 days, pending a hearing on Dec. 22.
—City News Service