Bill Cosby ordered to give deposition in sexual abuse lawsuit
Bill Cosby has been ordered to give a sworn deposition in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing Cosby of plying her with alcohol and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles when she was 15 years old.
This is the first time Cosby, 78, has been ordered to testify under oath in response to a complaint of sexual misconduct against him since he gave a deposition in a separate Pennsylvania case he settled out of court nine years ago.
The latest order, made public on Wednesday (Aug 5), a day after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge entered it, requires Cosby to submit under oath to questions from the lawyer of his Los Angeles accuser, Judy Huth, on Oct. 9. Now in her 50s, Huth must likewise answer questions from his attorneys on Oct. 15.
Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer has called Huth’s allegations false and “defamatory”.
Huth is one of more than 40 women who have come forward in the past year to say that they were raped or molested by Cosby after he gave them alcohol or drugs in incidents dating back decades.
Cosby has never been criminally charged. He and his lawyers acknowledge marital infidelity on his part but have consistently denied allegations of criminal wrongdoing.