New Lawsuit Claims Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted a Fifteen-Year-Old Girl
A civil lawsuit filed today claims that Bill Cosby once took a fifteen-year-old girl to the Playboy mansion, gave her alcohol, and sexually assaulted her.
The plaintiff, Judy Huth, filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday, claiming she was with a friend at an L.A. park in 1974 when they noticed Bill Cosby shooting a movie.
"They were approached by Cosby, who invited them to sit in a director's chair and engaged in conversation with them. He then invited them to come to his tennis club and meet him there the following Saturday," the complaint alleges. "Cosby asked the girls how old they were during this conversation and they told him that [Huth] was 15 and her friend was 16."
When they went to Cosby's tennis club the following week, Huth says, he brought them to a nearby house, gave them alcoholic drinks and played pool with them. Huth says he made her drink a beer every time he won the game.
Then, Huth says, he took them to the Playboy Mansion and told them to lie about their ages. That's where the assault occurred, the lawsuit claims:
The fate of Huth's suit will likely depend on whether the court agrees Huth only discovered she had psychological injuries caused by the abuse within the last three years.
Under California's Civil Procedure laws, the statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse generally tolls "within eight years of the date the plaintiff attains the age of majority," but can extend when the victim realizes or should have realized years later that she was injured by the abuse.
Cosby's attorney, Marty Singer, reportedly declined to comment on the lawsuit Tuesday.
Huth is seeking compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages against Cosby but has not requested a specific dollar amount.
Cosby was last sued in 2005 by another woman who also claimed she had been sexually abused by the once beloved TV dad. The case was settled out of court for an unspecified amount.
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