Bill Cosby sat for a deposition on Friday in a sexual battery case brought by one of his many accusers.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Judy Huth, said Saturday morning that lawyers sat down with the scandal-plagued comedian in an undisclosed location in Boston and that questioning had lasted most of the day.
Cosby’s attorneys will question Huth at a deposition scheduled to take place on Oct. 15. “Ms. Huth is happy that the deposition of Mr. Cosby and her deposition are proceeding as planned,” Allred said in a statement.
The contents of the depositions will remain under seal at least until December, when U.S. Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlan is expected to review the testimony and consider attorneys’ arguments over whether a protective order should be placed on it.
Huth alleges that Cosby brought her to the Playboy Mansion in 1974, instructing her to pretend that she was 19, even though she was only 15 at the time. According to Huth’s lawsuit, Cosby “proceeded to sexually molest her by attempting to put his hand down her pants, and then taking her hand in his hand and performing a sex act on himself without her consent.”
Martin Singer, Cosby’s attorney, has denied such accusations in the past.
Cosby suffered another legal blow this week, when U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni rejected Cosby’s plea to dismiss a libel case filed by three other alleged sexual assault victims against the comedian and members of his team.
Cosby has found himself in the deposition situation before, with painful results. In 2005-06, Cosby was deposed in relation to a sexual assault lawsuit brought by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
The suit was settled and the pair entered a confidentiality agreement. But while the contents of the deposition remained a secret for nearly a decade, the deposition was leaked and partially reported on by the New York Times in July, with a number of embarrassing details being unearthed.
Among the details: That Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes to give to women he hoped to have sex with. It was a damning revelation, given that Cosby has been accused of drugging numerous women before sexually violating them.