Bill Cosby has been ordered to testify in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claims he sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15-years-old.
The comedian will be required to answer questions while under oath from the lawyer of his accuser, Judy Huth, on 9 October, who will also be expected to answer questions from Cosby’s lawyers a week later on 15 October.
Huth, who brought her civil suit against Cosby in December 2014, claims the 78-year-old abused her after she and a female friend met Cosby at a park in 1974 where he was filming a movie. She claims Cosby invited both to his tennis club the next weekend, where he gave them drinks before taking them to the Playboy Mansion. She alleges the assault took place there.
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
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Winner of his first Emmy for 'I Spy' is Bill Cosby being congratulated by his wife Camille held at Americana Hotel, 1966
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Bill Cosby in 'I Spy', 1960s
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Bill Cosby in July 1973 in Perth
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Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor in 'California Suite', 1978
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Bill Cosby and Elmo in Sesame Street, 1989
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Bill Cosby poses for a picture with Florence Griffith-Joyner in June 1989
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Comedian Bill Cosby back in 1992
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A scene from a 1992 episode of 'The Cosby Show'
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US Monica Seles breaks into laughter as she jokes with comedian Bill Cosby during a celebrity match in the stadium at the US Open for the Arthur Ashe AIDS Challenge on 27 August 1995
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Bill Cosby meets Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star Joe Carter after the Stars played the Stripes in the Celebrity All-Star game which preceded workouts for the 67th All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium on 8 July 1996 in Philadephia
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Co-hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby joke with each other during the opening of the 2000 Essence Awards 14 April 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
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Bill Cosby jokes with baseball great Hank Aaron after they both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award from U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony on 9 July 2002 at the White House in Washington
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Bill Cosby poses backstage after winning the 'Bob Hope Humanitarian Award' during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on 21 September 2003 in Los Angeles
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'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno and comedian Bill Cosby laugh during a surprise visit by Cosby to sign a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Leno is using to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at NBC studios on 9 September 2005 in Burbank, California
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Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios on 14 October 2007 in Washington
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Bill Cosby at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on 26 October 2009 in Washington
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Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York on 6 April 2011
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Bill Cosby during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund, 2012
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Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on 11 November 2013 in Washington
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Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on 26 September 2014 in Las Vegas
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 plied them with alcohol or drugs. Thirty-five of his accusers appeared on the ground-breaking cover of The New York Times and gave their accounts of the abuse they were allegedly subjected to.
Cosby’s lawyer Martin Singer dismissed Huth's allegations false and “defamatory”. Cosby settled a case with a former Temple University employee in 2006 who accused him of sexual assault.
The settlement was reached in confidentiality but parts of the deposition were made public last month, including his admission that he gave drugs to women and sometimes had sex with them, both activities he said were consensual.
Huth’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, said in a statement: “We are pleased that we will now be able to move ahead without further delay on Ms. Huth’s case, and we look forward to taking Mr. Cosby’s deposition on 9 October, 2015.” Cosby has never been criminally charge and his lawyers have consistently denied all of the allegation against him.
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