Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Bill Cosby sued for sexually assaulting underage girl
Bill Cosby was sued Tuesday by a Southern California woman who claims the comedian molested her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15 years old.
Cosby has in recent weeks faced renewed accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted more than a dozen women for several years.
Huth's lawsuit is the first time that a woman has claimed she was underage when she was abused, and it is the first lawsuit Cosby has faced claiming sexual abuse since 2005.
She states that she and a 16-year-old friend first met Cosby at a Los Angeles-area film shoot and the comedian gave the girls drinks a week later at a tennis club where they played billiards, with the girls having to drink a beer every time Cosby won a game.
The lawsuit then states that Cosby took them to the Playboy Mansion after several drinks, and asked the teenagers to lie and say they were 19 years old if asked.
It also states that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him with his hand after she returned from the bathroom, with the actor waiting for her on a bed.
Andrea Constand (above) claimed Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004, and her case was settled out of court by the actor
She also says he tried to put his hand down her pants.
Cosby's attorney Martin Singer has denied previous accusations or said the women raising the claims in interviews had been discredited.
Singer's statement does not apply to a lawsuit brought in 2005 by Andrea Constand, who claimed Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. Cosby settled the case before trial.
Bill Cosby resigned from Temple university's board of trustees on Monday. He had been an ambassador to the school, appearing in advertisements, fundraising campaigns and delivering commencement speeches.
Cosby, 77, has never been criminally charged from any of the sex abuse allegations, many of which date back to the 1970s and 1980s.