Bill Cosby to Be Deposed by Sept. 30 in Molestation Lawsuit: 'We Are Looking Forward to That Day,' Says Accuser's Lawyer
Bill Cosby will be deposed in the next two months in a molestation lawsuit, according to attorney Gloria Allred.
Allred, who represents Judy Huth and 16 other Cosby accusers, said Tuesday that a California judge has ordered the comedian to give a deposition in the civil suit filed by her client, according to a statement obtained by PEOPLE. That deposition, she said, is scheduled to come no later than Sept. 30.
“Mr. Cosby has been attempting to delay the taking of his deposition for some time. Our client Judy Huth filed her lawsuit in December 2014, and we would like to proceed to take Mr. Cosby’s deposition without further delay,” Allred says. “… We are very pleased that the case is now moving forward whether Mr. Cosby likes it or not. Mr. Cosby may be praying for divine intervention to halt his deposition, but he will soon have to give his testimony under oath in Ms. Huth’s case, and we are looking forward to that day.”
Huth has claimed that Cosby, 78, molested her inside the Playboy Mansion when she was just 15 years old. She is just one of the nearly 50 women who’ve accused Cosby of some form of sexual abuse.
While the statute of limitations has expired for a criminal case, California law allows allegations of underage sexual abuse to come to court as a civil lawsuit even decades after the alleged incident happened.
Cosby and his lawyers have continually denied the allegations against him.
Huth, now 55, has said that Cosby “took her hand in his and performed a sex act on himself without her consent.”
The deposition will be the first time Cosby has spoken about the sexual assault allegations against him since a separate case in 2005. Portions of that deposition were unsealed earlier this month; in the deposition, Cosby admitted he gave quaaludes to a woman and had sex with her.
Attorneys for Cosby were not immediately reachable for comment.