While Bill Cosby lost his bid to dismiss the sexual battery civil suit filed against him by Judy Huth, his attorneys will be able to depose his accuser once again after she recently changed her prior testimony about the timing of the alleged assault. Now, according to documents filed by Cosby’s legal team, Huth says she recently realized she was with Cosby at the Playboy mansion in 1975, not 1974. That means Huth would’ve been 16 or 17 years old instead of 15 — as she initially claimed –when Cosby allegedly molested her at the Playboy mansion.
In her initial complaint, Judy Huth claimed she was 15-years-old and her friend Donna Samuelson was 16 when they first met Bill Cosby as he was filming a movie at Lacy Park in Los Angeles. The women said Cosby asked them how old they were during their first interaction.
Huth continued and claimed Cosby then invited her and Samuelson a few days later to the Playboy mansion and told them to say they were 19 years old if questioned. Huth said Bill Cosby sexually molested her at the mansion by,
“putting his hand down her pants, and then taking her hand in his hand and performing a sex act on himself without consent.”
Jennifer Bonjean– one of Bill Cosby’s attorneys had this to say about Huth’s new revelation,
“We were surprised last week when we learned that the Plaintiff in the case had altered, changed her narrative. It changed in dramatic ways from what she has alleged for the last 20 years. … Now she is saying, ‘Well, I was 16– one month before my 17th birthday.’
“This is a fundamental change because … it is extraordinarily difficult to defend against an allegation from 50 years ago. Nobody could do it. … It’s called trial by ambush and courts frown upon it… And this judge, thankfully, recognizes that there was prejudice against Mr.Cosby and he is allowing us the opportunity to depose the Plaintiff and her friend to engage in the discovery we have been denied.”
John West, one of Judy Huth’s attorneys, argued his client’s claims still fall within the statute of limitations under the 2019 California law that allows victims to “look back” at decades-old sexual child sexual and file civil complaints. He explained,
“The problem with Ms.Bonjean’s argument is that statute of limitations are extended all the time. Ms.Huth’s claim is timely and Ms.Bonjean’s is arguing based on an old version of the law.”
Huth’s lawsuit is the last civil suit in a state court that Bill Cosby faces. At one time, there were seven suits, which were either settled out of court or dismissed/dropped.
As previously reported, well-known comedian/actor Bill Cosby was imprisoned in 2018 after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in his Pennsylvania home in 2004. Initially, Cosby was sentenced to 3-10 years behind bars, however, the conviction was ultimately overturned by Pennsylvania Supreme Court on the grounds that Cosby’s due process rights had been violated causing the entertainer to be released from prison. Last fall, Montgomery County DA, Kevin Steele, petitioned for the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Cosby‘s sexual assault conviction.
Opening statements for the upcoming week-long trial is scheduled to begin on June 1. Andrew Wyatt, Bill Cosby’s crisis manager representative, said the comedian would not be attending the trial because he is legally blind and traveling would be too difficult.
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