Now Cosby sues: Embattled star launches legal action against woman who claims he sexually assaulted her when she was just 15 at the Playboy Mansion
- Under-fire comedy legend claims Judy Huth’s lawyer tried to extort him for $100,000 – then demanded $250,000, in court papers seen by MailOnline
- Miss Huth is suing Cosby for a sexual assault she says happened in 1974
- Cosby calls her claims ‘absolutely false’ and says he has been subjected to a ‘shakedown’
- Famed attorney Gloria Allred says: ‘The public deserves to know if Mr Cosby is a saint or sexual predator’
Bill Cosby has hit back at a woman who claims he got her drunk and sexually assaulted her when she was 15 at the Playboy Mansion.
The under-fire comic, now 77, is accused of attacking 19 women, and has so far remained silent amid the myriad of claims.
However, today, he has chosen to file court papers against Judy Huth – who is suing him for alleged sexual assault in 1974 – an incident which may well be investigated by Los Angeles cops.
Cosby calls her claims ‘absolutely false’ and in papers seen by MailOnline, the star claims Miss Hath’s lawyer tried to extort him for $100,000 – and then raised the price to $250,000 as new women came forward to make similar claims.
Lawsuit: Bill Cosby is accusing Judy Huth, who says he attacked her when she was 15, of extortion. She has launched a lawsuit against him for sexual assault
Demands: Attorney Gloria Allred is flanked by Bill Cosby accusers at her office on Wednesday, from left, Chelan Lasha, Beth Ferrier and Helen Hayes
Weeping: Chelan Lasha, now a grandmother, breaks down on Wednesday afternoon as she claims that Cosby drugged and assaulted her when she was 17
In the court papers, Cosby says Miss Huth’s lawyer approached his attorney Marty Singer last month and made ‘ominous references to criminal penalties.’
The lawyer, Cosby claims, demanded cash in return for silence – upping the demands as more women came forward.
Cosby alleges that Miss Huth tried to sell the story to the media 10 years ago, but no-one would publish her claims.
The court papers state: ‘Approximately 10 years ago, plaintiff Judith Huff unsuccessfully tried to get money from a tabloid by selling the same story about Bill Cosby that is the subject of this lawsuit.
‘Knowing that since she disclosed her allegations to a media outlet 10 years ago, she cannot claim to have a repressed memory.’
The argument of a repressed memory would allow Miss Huth to file a civil lawsuit within three years of the time she remembered. However, if she recalled the incident a decade ago, her lawsuit is moot, Cosby’s papers state.
Miss Huth filed her own suit on Tuesday, alleging she has suffered ‘psychological injuries and illnesses’ that she only connected to the assault within the last three years. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for sexual battery and emotional distress.
She claims she first met Cosby as a teenager with her 16-year-old friend as they wandered on to the set of his movie. He invited them to his L.A. Country tennis club the following Saturday, where they then followed him to a house where he ‘served them alcohol beverages and played games of billiards’ with Miss Huth, according to the lawsuit.
Miss Huth was required to drink a beer every time Cosby won a game, the lawsuit said.
Later, the girls followed Cosby to the Playboy Mansion, where the comedian told Huth and her friend to say they were 19 if anyone asked their ages, according to the papers.
At one point, Miss Huth emerged from a bathroom to find Cosby sitting on a bed. The lawsuit states he asked her to sit down next to him and attempted to ‘put his hand down her pants’.
He then took her hand in his and performed a sexual act on himself ‘without her consent’, the lawsuit said.
‘This traumatic incident, at such a tender age, has caused psychological damage and mental anguish … that has caused her significant problems through her life,’ the lawsuit said.
However, Cosby claims that Miss Huth lied about playing a ‘drinking game’ with him where the pair drank three beers, as his lawyer says it well known that Cosby is a ‘lifelong non-drinker’.
Cosby’s papers state: ‘The drinking age in California at the time was 21.’
The papers state that Miss Huth’s lawyer did not even know if she was seeing a therapist, accusing her and her lawyer of ‘engaging in a shakedown’
Cosby is now demanding that the lawsuit is dismissed and has requested ‘monetary sanctions of not less than $33,295.’
Attorney Gloria Allred yesterday challenged Cosby to pay $100 million in damages to the women who claim he sexually assaulted them.
The lawyer introduced three alleged victims – two who have never spoken before – and as they broke down in tears, she told Cosby he could waive the statute of limitations so all the women accusing him of assault could have their day in court.
If not, she said, he could stump up $100 million – and the money would be handed out to the women by a committee of retired judges.
Speaking at her California law offices, Miss Allred said she had been forced to tell many women who had contacted her to report abuse at the hands of the comic legend that they were too late to file a lawsuit due to the statute of limitations.
However, she said: ‘Today, I am here to propose two new solutions to this public dilemma and a away to determine if Bill Cosby is a saint of a sexual predator.’
She said that if Cosby is ‘confident’ he has done nothing wrong, he could waive the statute of limitations, adding: ‘Then his alleged victims would have an opportunity to have their allegations dealt with on their merits.
The woman who started it all: Andrea Constand, a former basketball player, sued Cosby in 2005 and settled later on. Beth Ferrier was Jane Doe No 5 in Andrea’s civil court case
Emotional: Former supermodel Janice Dickinson says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982
Alleged victims: Tamara Green (left) and Barbara Bowman (right) join the ranks of woman who claim Cosby assaulted them
‘Bill Cosby would have an opportunity to address there allegations in a court of law and the victims and Mr Cosby would have an opportunity to have a judge and jury decide who should be believed.’
This would be similar, Miss Allred said, to the Catholic Church cases in California, which involved allegations of sexual abuse by priests. A law allowed victims to sue within a one year period.
Alternatively, Miss Allred said, if Cosby did not want to waive the statute of limitations, he could pour $100 million into a fund, adding that anyone who claims to be a victim could put their case in front of a panel of retired judges, who would act as arbitrators, who would then decided if their case had merit – and how much damages they would be awarded.
Cosby has an estimated fortune of $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He has made his fortune through numerous endorsements including Jell-O, Coca-Cola and Ford – and dominating TV in the 1980s with The Cosby Show.
Cosby’s syndication deal in 1988 also earned him a fortune. Rights to air The Cosby Show for three years were sold to Fox for $550 million.
He currently lives with his wife of 51 years, Camille, in a compound in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, that includes two large farmhouses. They couple moved in in 1971 and also bought several acres around the town for conservation purposes.
However, Miss Allred said: ‘It’s time for justice and accountability and we challenge him to end this nightmare, both for him and the alleged victims by accepting either of the options that I proposed and we look forward to his response.’
Chelan Lasha, from California – now believed to be a 46-year-old Grandmother – told how Cosby attacked her when she was just 17 in 1986 when she was an aspiring model.
Weeping, she said her stepmother had sent pictures of her to the star and he called her at home in Las Vegas, inviting her to the Hilton Las Vegas, where he was performing and she had a job.
She then went up to Elvis Presley suite to meet him and after telling him she had a cold, he gave her a blue pill, which he said was an antihistimine, with a double shot of Amaretto.
She said: ‘He was rubbing my neck and saying that he might have to have someone come in and give me stress therapy.’
She claimed he told her to change into a Hilton bathrobe and wet her hair to see the modelling scout.
Someone did briefly come up to the room, pertaining to be from the Ford Modelling Agency -telling her to she needed to lose 10 pounds – and taking some pictures.
Then, Chelan said, Cosby walked her to the bedroom and gave her another shot of Amaretto, which he claimed would help her cold.
No comment: Bill Cosby yesterday thanked Whoopi Goldberg and singer Jill Scott for their support on Twitter – but has made no public statement
‘I laid down,’ she said: ‘He laid down next to me on the bed and began pinching my left nipple and humping my leg while he was grunting.
‘I could not open my eyes. I couldn’t move or say anything. I felt something warm on my legs. Then I blacked out.’
‘Thirteen to sixteen hours later I woke up by hearing Mr Cosby clapping his hands and saying ‘Daddy says wake up’. He gave me $1500. He said the money was to buy something nice for me and my grandmother and he also invited me to go to the Temptations show with my grandmother.
‘My grandmother went but I did not go because I was too sick. Then he invited us to his show. My grandmother really want to go. I did not, but I went with her and heckled him. As a result, I was fired my from job.’
Chelan was joined by two other women, Helen Hayes, who claims Cosby fondled her breast after stalking her and her friends ‘like a predator’ after they met in the summer of 1973.
Beth Ferrier, meanwhile, who has already come forward, alleges that she had an affair with Cosby, which ended in him drugging and raping her – and leaving her to come to in her car in an alleyway.
She was Jane Doe 5 in the civil suit brought against Cosby by Andrea Costand, the first woman to allege he had attacked her, in 2005. Former basketball player Andrea ended up settling out of court.
MailOnline has contacted Cosby’s attorney for comment
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