Bill Cosby can't stay silent any longer. The comedian's lawyers have struck back at one of his accusers, Judy Huth, in court, declaring that she tried to extort him for a quarter-million dollars and that she attempted to sell her story to a tabloid a decade ago. Huth came forward last week claiming Cosby molested her at the Playboy Mansion 40 years ago when she was 15.
TMZ reports that a court filing Thursday by Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, is seeking dismissal of Huth's lawsuit and monetary damages. Singer wrote that her suit was filed only after she tried to extort $100,000, from Cosby, in exchange for her silence, a month ago. Later, she bumped it up to $250,000 as more women came forward recently to allege Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them. She also allegedly attempted to sell her story to the tabloids ten years ago, but none agreed to pay.
The LAPD is taking the initiative to launch an investigation into Huth's claim that she was assaulted by Cosby at the Playboy mansion when she was a minor. A spokesperson for the department says they have "an obligation to investigate all crimes when a victim comes forward."
Meanwhile, Cosby's image continues to take a nosedive. The U.S. Navy announced Thursday it was revoking the TV icon's honorary title of chief petty officer, presented to him in 2011, because the multiplying allegations of sexual abuse "conflict with the Navy's core values."
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