New Lawsuit Alleges Cosby Sexually Assaulted 15-Year-Old Girl 40 Years Ago
Judy Huth is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, but could her case go to court? ET spoke to attorney Lisa Bloom about the legal ramifications.
Huth filed a lawsuit against Cosby on Dec. 2, in which she claims that she first met Cosby back in 1974, when she was 15 and she -- along with an unnamed 16-year-old female friend -- wandered onto a movie set where Cosby was working. According to the lawsuit, Cosby allegedly befriended Huth and her friend, and invited them over to his home where he served them alcohol.
Huth's lawsuit goes on to claim that Cosby knew how old she was, and that he took her to a party at the Playboy Mansion where he allegedly told her to tell anyone who asked that she was 19. While at the party, Huth alleges in court documents that, when she emerged from using the restroom in one of the mansion's many rooms, Cosby was sitting on a bed waiting for her, and then allegedly sexually assaulted her by taking her hand and making her perform a sex act on him.
Huth's suit claims that "this traumatic incident, at such a tender age, has caused psychological damage and mental anguish for [Huth] that has caused her significant problems throughout her life." Huth and her lawyers are seeking a jury trial.
Trial lawyer Lisa Bloom explained to ET an important distinction between Huth's case and the others.
"California has an extended statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases," said Bloom. "This new accuser says that she was molested by Bill Cosby when she was 15 years old, so under California law she has either until age 26 or within three years between the time she connects the dots in the molestation and her abuse to suit."
It is important to note that Cosby has not been charged with a crime and his attorney has denied all claims against him.
On Wednesday three alleged victims, Beth Ferrier, Helen Hayes and Chelan (identified only by first name), held a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred, who challenged Cosby to put $100 million in a fund for his accusers.
"The public deserves to know if Mr. Cosby is a saint or a sexual predator," said Allred.
Former male model Tony Hogue also spoke out this week, claiming that in 1984 he was called by a friend to help her get out of Cosby's home.
"Bill Cosby had been giving her a number of drinks and she doesn't drink," said Hogue. "I said, 'What's going on?' and she said that she was just a mess. She couldn't remember why she was there, how long she had been there. She said, 'Bill Cosby keeps coming down into the room.' She said that she kept blacking in and out. She said that he was trying to kiss her and becoming close to her. She whispered, 'Tony, you have to come get me.'"
According to Hogue, he eventually got his friend and left Cosby's home in a cab.
Amidst the allegations, Cosby has received support from several celebrities, including Jill Scott and Whoopi Goldberg. Cosby showed his appreciation via Twitter.