Things have gone from bad to worse for the fallen star accused of drugging and raping several women. Bill Cosby will be deposed, despite his best efforts to stop it. This deposition will be taken no later than September 30 and involves a suit filed by Judy Huth in December 2014. Huth’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said, “Mr. Cosby may be praying for divine intervention to halt his deposition, but he will soon have to give his testimony under oath in Ms. Huth’s case, and we are looking forward to that day.”
Ms. Allred continued, “Mr. Cosby has been attempting to delay the taking of his deposition for some time. …[W]e would like to proceed to take Mr. Cosby’s deposition without further delay. We are very pleased that the case is now moving forward whether Mr. Cosby likes it or not.” A California judge agreed with Ms. Allred and ordered the Cos to give his deposition by September 30.
The details of Huth’s case are somewhat different than those of the other Cosby victims, of whom there are nearly 50. Allred represents 16 of these women, including Huth. Ms. Huth alleged that Cosby sexually molested her inside the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old. The statute of limitations has run on any criminal case, but a suit alleging sexual abuse of a minor can be brought in California decades after the actual abuse occurred. On a side note, one wonders what a 15-year-old was doing in the Playboy Mansion. One also admits one is fairly naïve when it comes to said location and its events.
In Huth’s case, the abuse took the form of Cosby taking “her hand in his and perform[ing] a sex act on himself without her consent.” The comedian and his legal team deny these and all other allegations of improper conduct.
Cosby has not spoken about the sexual assault claims since a case he settled in 2005. Cosby admitted to giving Quaaludes to a woman for the express purpose of having sex with her in a deposition from that case.
Not only is it a sad day for Cosby when he’ll have to tell his story under oath, as all depositions are done, but he gets to tell it to Gloria Allred. No matter what one’s opinion of her may be, she is arguably one of the toughest, fiercest trial attorneys to ever take that title.
Cosby’s own attorneys will be present as well, of course. Yet, part of me cringes when I imagine being in the shoes of anyone on Cosby’s side of the table, let alone the man himself. Allred is a formidable opponent and, I daresay, even the Divine might think twice before intervening.
The other part of me wishes I could be a fly on the wall. I guarantee you, as depositions go, this one would be something to see.