Bill Cosby’s attorneys could not convince a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit accusing the comedian of molesting a woman at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15, meaning Cosby will face another potentially damning deposition later this week.
The lawsuit was filed by Judy Huth, who claims that Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s when she was just 15 years old. Huth is represented by Gloria Allred, who is counsel for a number of women who accused Cosby of sex abuse.
Huth’s lawsuit, filed last December, is the first significant court case against Cosby since he was sued in 2005 by Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee. After being deposed, Cosby settled the case out of court for an undisclosed amount.
The deposition from the Constand suit was made public earlier this summer, and contained statements by Cosby admitting he gave women quaaludes in order to have sex with them. The shocking admissions corroborated the stories of the nearly 40 women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of misconduct and rape, and seemed to be the last nail in the coffin when it comes to his legacy.
Of the many things Cosby has lost since the scandal broke last year, one thing he can hold on to is his honorary degree from Yale University. Unlike Fordham, Brown, Marquette and the University of San Francisco, which all revoked the degrees they awarded Cosby for his contributions to society, Yale says they have never rescinded a degree and don't plan to start with Cosby, despite petitions from students to do so.
It's a small consolation considering the unwanted publicity — and potential legal fallout — heading toward Cosby if the upcoming deposition is as damning as the last one.
Watch a recap of just some of the Cosby controversy fallout, below:
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