Sexual assault claims made against veteran comedian Bill Cosby are being investigated by police.
The Los Angeles Police Department had a 90-minute meeting with Judy Huth yesterday, who is suing the 77-year-old entertainer for sexual battery amid allegations made by around 15 different women.
Her civil action filed three days ago claims that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion in about 1974 when she was under age. The comedian filed a counter-claim of $33,000 against her and denies the allegations.
She said that she made the claims recently as she was not aware of the psychological impact the alleged incident had on her until now – which makes the lawsuit exempt from the statute of limitations.
Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck on Thursday urged potential victims of sex abuse by Cosby to speak to detectives, regardless of whether their claims would be outside the statute.
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
Cosby's lawyer, Martin Singer, alleged that Ms Huth's lawyers Gloria Allred and Marc Strecker were involved in extortion and said the claimant had attempted to sell her story to a newspaper a decade earlier.
Mr Singer's said that Mr Strecker first demanded $100,000 (£64,500) for Ms Huth to drop the case against Cosby, then raised it to $250,000 (£161,000) as more women came forward accusing him of historical sexual offences.
More than 15 women in recent weeks have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, ranging from incidents of groping to drugging and raping. He has never been charged with a crime and his lawyers have denied allegations.
Barbara Bowman, one of Cosby's accusers, came out with claims in interviews that Cosby sexually assaulted her, and also in a Washington Post online column, writing that “Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times”.
Former supermodel Janice Dickinson was another of the women to accuse Cosby of sex attacks, claiming he drugged and raped her in 1982.
Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that he received in 1977, was cleaned up yesterday after the word "Rapist" was written on it three times.
A former Playboy bunny, PJ Masten, claims Cosby drugged and raped her in 1979 said she wanted to help stop the comedian from abusing others. She told CNN that she woke up naked and bruised in a bed in Chicago after Cosby gave her an alcoholic drink.Reuse content