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Lawsuit brings Cosby to Boston for deposition

Judy Huth has filed a civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby, citing the toll of an alleged sexual assault when she was 15.
Judy Huth has filed a civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby, citing the toll of an alleged sexual assault when she was 15.File photos

Bill Cosby gave a deposition in Boston lasting about seven hours Friday in the case of a Southern California woman who has accused the embattled entertainer of sexually assaulting her at the Playboy mansion in the 1970s when she was a teenager, according to the woman's attorney, Gloria Allred.

Cosby, 78, was compelled by court order to sit for the deposition, but contents of his testimony will be sealed until at least Dec. 22, Allred said. At that point, she said, she will have motions before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan to lift a protective order.

"The court wants to be sure that both parties receive a fair trial, but . . . Karlan also recognizes that the public has an interest in the case," Allred said at a Boston news conference Saturday. "Judge Karlan will take these concerns into account when he makes a further decision regarding which portions of the transcript of the depositions should remain sealed and which portions, if any, should be made public."

Cosby's accuser, Judy Huth, was not present at the news conference, and Allred declined to answer any questions about her client, the contents of the deposition, or Cosby's larger legal problems, citing the judge's protective order.

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The attorney representing Cosby, who lives in Western Massachusetts, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Huth is one of dozens of women who have come forward to allege that Cosby sexually assaulted them, often drugging them first, over a span of several decades. She is one of several women who have filed lawsuits against him. Cosby and his representatives have denied all of the accusations.

Earlier this month, a model who accused Cosby of drugging her at Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 2008 sued him for sexual assault in US District Court in LA.

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Her lawsuit includes a list of 40 women who have accused Cosby of some form of sexual misconduct.

And on Friday, a US District Court judge in Springfield turned down a motion to throw out a defamation lawsuit against Cosby filed by three other accusers, who said their reputations had been tarnished when the comedian disparaged their allegations.

Allred said during her press conference that Friday's deposition lasted from about 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with several breaks, including a half hour for lunch.

Attorney Gloria Allred spoke at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston on Saturday about Bill Cosby’s deposition on Friday.
Attorney Gloria Allred spoke at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston on Saturday about Bill Cosby’s deposition on Friday.Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Brian MacQuarrie of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @evanmallen.