A civil suit against Bill Cosby is now all systems go after California's Supreme Court rejected the comedian's request to review the case, NBC News reports. What this means in the short term: the lawyer for the woman who's suing Cosby for allegedly sexually assaulting her in the Playboy Mansion in 1974 wants to grill him. "We are looking forward to Mr. Cosby answering questions under oath at his deposition and we will continue to seek justice for our courageous client, Judy Huth," Gloria Allred said yesterday, per NBC. Allred says the Supreme Court's decision was "a huge, huge victory" for Huth and added that she hoped to get Cosby in a room for questioning within 30 days, CNN reports. And if Cosby hems and haws about availability? "We are willing to even go to Massachusetts where allegedly he resides and take [the deposition]," Allred said, per CBS Los Angeles.
Huth says she was 15 when she went to the Playboy Mansion with the comedian and he molested her in a bedroom. Cosby's legal team had sought in June to have the state Supreme Court review Huth's case based on what they say were "procedural errors" in its filing, notes NBC. They claim, per CNN, that Cosby should never have been named in the suit based on California child sex-abuse law, and that the statute of limitations had long since expired because she tried to sell this story to a tabloid a decade ago. The curt posting on the Supreme Court's website simply reads: "Petition for review denied," per the Press-Enterprise. This comes just days after Cosby's 2005 deposition in the case of Andrea Constand started circulating. (Cosby wants Constand to pay.)