Gloria Allred has requested to depose Playboy owner Hugh Hefner in the case of Judy Huth, who alleges that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was a teen.
Allred made her request on Wednesday, according to the Daily News, during a hearing in Santa Monica, California, where Judge Craig Karlan opened the case to new deposition subjects.
The judge has also allowed Cosby to indefinitely delay his second deposition in this case, which was originally scheduled to take place the first week of April. As they’ve done with the numerous defamation cases against him, Cosby’s legal team has requested to delay these proceedings so they can focus on his criminal trial in Pennsylvania, stemming from the alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004.
[Cosby] argued through his lawyer that he needed relief because his testimony in the Huth case might be used against him in Pennsylvania - and any decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege could harm him in the Huth matter.
In other Cosby news, the seven women led by Tamara Green who are suing Cosby for defamation were recently granted access to testimony from Constand’s case to use in their own. They’ve also requested to depose former Cosby collaborator Quincy Jones about what he might know regarding Cosby’s actions during their decades-long friendship.
Allred hasn’t stated what line of inquiry she intends to pursue with Hefner, though it’s not surprising that he’s being summoned: many of the women who’ve alleged sexual assault by Cosby say their experience took place at the Playboy Mansion.
In addition to Hefner, Allred aims to depose Renita Hill, who claims that, when she was a teen, the comedian drugged and sexually molested her while she was passed out. Hill sued Cosby for defamation but her case was dismissed in January.
Judge Karlan said Huth’s case will mostly likely go to trial in 2017.
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