Cosby loses latest legal bid to block lawsuit

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Bill Cosby could face new deposition after losing California court ruling.

Bill Cosby could face a new deposition in a lawsuit by a woman who claims the actor molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old.The California Supreme Court ruled against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, allowing a civil suit brought against him for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old in 1974 to move forward.The embattled star stands in the centre of a maelstrom of controversy, his reputation ruined after dozens of women have come forward to allege that he drugged and abused them over the last four decades. Ever the comedian, he’s tried to laugh them all off, calling them liars and money-grubbing opportunists, determined to cling to what’s left of the fatherly image he had so carefully crafted.

No matter the varnish of celebrity, the veneer of respectability, Cosby has revealed his nasty nature with his vicious attempt to punish his first accuser, Pickering native Andrea Constand, for refusing to lie down and play dead as she was supposed to. With that out of the way, Huth’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said Wednesday that she would seek to question Cosby “as soon as possible within the next 30 days.” The alleged irregularities occurred when Huth’s previous attorney filed the suit, Allred said, after which “Ms.

AP LOS ANGELES, United States – Embattled US comic Bill Cosby went on the counter-attack Wednesday against a woman he alleges breached a confidentiality deal the pair made in settling a sex assault claim 10 years ago. Now he says she should be “sanctioned” by the courts and hints that if she wants to void their decade-old confidentiality agreement, then she should be forced to give back the hush money she was paid. The veteran actor also charged that the media had misinterpreted comments he made in a lurid 2005 court deposition, details of which have only emerged this month in the press. “Reading the media accounts, one would conclude that (Cosby) has admitted to rape” in the decade-old deposition, in which the entertainer admitted obtaining sedative Quaaludes to have sex with at least one woman. “And yet (Cosby) admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s,” added the court document filed in Pennsylvania on Tuesday by Cosby’s lawyer, obtained by AFP.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to bring criminal charges after Huth made her allegations in December, saying the statute of limitations had long ago expired. After prosecutors refused to lay criminal charges, she sued him in civil court, alleging that shortly after Cosby gave her “three blue pills” of “herbal medication” for stress during a visit to his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004, her “knees began to shake, her limbs felt immobile, she felt dizzy and weak, and she began to feel only barely conscious.” In her lawsuit, she claimed Cosby drugged and molested her and then “maliciously and wickedly” defamed her after she complained to police.

Cosby’s lawyer Monique Pressley took to the airwaves Wednesday to defend the actor, who has remained almost entirely tight-lipped about the allegations, even as his reputation has been shredded. “Mr. Cosby has denied the accusations that have been lodged thus far,” Pressley told ABC television, adding: “The sheer volume, or number of people who are saying a particular thing does not make it true.” Cosby, a pioneering African-American comedian who played a beloved family doctor on the hit 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show,” has lost public supporters in the wake of the sex scandal.

After she threatened to bring other witnesses forward with similar stories and after both testified under oath, they reached a confidential settlement in 2006. This month, as the number of alleged victims continued to grow, a judge agreed to a request by the Associated Press to unseal portions of Cosby’s 2005 deposition in Constand’s lawsuit. The public had a right to see “the stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist, and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct,” ruled U.S. Constand maintained her dignified silence, as she is contracted to do, but asked the court to lift her gag order because she has “come to the realization that she once again must defend herself in the forum chosen by the defendant.” When reached by the Sun’s Joe Warmington, the registered massage therapist declined comment on Cosby, later apologizing for her reticence. “I know I did not give you much of a story and yet there is so much more to say,” she admitted.

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