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Cosby faces questioning in lawsuit over abuse allegations


Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby has been ordered to give a sworn deposition in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing the comedian of plying her with alcohol and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles when she was 15 years old.

The order, entered by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge and made public yesterday, states that Cosby will submit to questions under oath from the lawyer of his accuser, Judy Huth, on October 9, and that she will answer questions from his attorneys six days later.

The precise times and places were not revealed, but Ms Huth's lawyer, Gloria Allred, has previously said she expected to depose Cosby in Massachusetts, where he lives.

Ms 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 gave them alcohol or drugs in incidents dating back decades.

He has never been charged and has always denied the allegations.

Cosby's lawyers wanted Huth to give her deposition before the comedian, but the judge sided with Ms Huth in requiring Cosby to go first, giving the accuser a tactical advantage when she is questioned. The way for the depositions, a key part of the discovery process in civil litigation, was cleared when the California Supreme Court last month denied Cosby's petition to review the case, dealing a final blow to his efforts to fend off the lawsuit.

"We are pleased that we will now be able to move ahead without further delay on Ms Huth's case," said Ms Allred.

There was no immediate comment from Cosby's legal team. In 2006 Cosby reached a confidential settlement for an undisclosed sum with a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who accused him of sexual assault. Parts of the deposition he gave in that case were made public last month.

Cosby also faces a criminal investigation by Los Angeles police.

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