When Can You Read Bill Cosby's 2015 Deposition? It Will Remain Sealed For Months
Bill Cosby is having his day in court, but that doesn't mean the public is going to be able to find out the details of his deposition — at least not if the entertainer's attorneys have their way. Cosby will be forced to testify Friday in Los Angeles about an alleged assault that took place on a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. Although he will be deposed by both attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of Judith Huth (the alleged victim who claims Cosby assaulted her as a young teen) the deposition, which is a witness's sworn out-of-court testimony, could be sealed until Dec. 22 or even longer than that if Cosby's attorneys get what they want.
Huth claims she was 15 years old when the entertainer allegedly befriended her and her 16-year-old friend on one of his film sets and invited them to his tennis club. Huth claims that Cosby knew she and her friend were both underage. She also claims Cosby took them back to a house and gave them alcoholic beverages before allegedly challenging them to a pool game in which the loser (Huth) had to drink more beer. Furthermore, Huth claims that Cosby was inebriated and that he allegedly told the girls he had a surprise for them — that surprise allegedly turned out to be a trip to the Playboy Mansion, where Huth claims Cosby instructed both teens to lie and tell everyone they were 19.
After Huth returned from the bathroom, the civil papers allege that Cosby was sitting on a bed in a bedroom waiting for her. Huth claims Cosby then proceeded to take her hand and perform a sexual act on himself without her consent.
In August, Allred released a statement regarding the deposition: “We are pleased that we will now be able to move ahead without further delay on Ms. Huth’s case, and we look forward to taking Mr. Cosby’s deposition on Oct. 9, 2015."
In November, Cosby's lawyer's responded to claims of sexual assault:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.
Bustle has reached out to Cosby's legal representative for comment regarding the Oct. 9 deposition and the move to seal it, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
Celebrity lawyer Marty Singer reportedly tried everything he could to get Cosby out of the deposition, but to no avail. He did, however, get one concession: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan agreed to seal the actor's statement until at least Dec. 22, when a hearing will take place and Cosby's team will then get a chance to argue in favor of continuing the seal — something you can be sure Allred will fight tooth and nail to keep from happening.
Singer holds firm to the claim that Huth's accusation is a "baseless time-barred lawsuit" and that there is no truth in her account of what happened. But as of now, the numbers don't look good. Dateline will reportedly air a special on Friday that brings together 27 of the over 50 women who have accused Cosby of wrongdoing. And a little more than one week ago, three more alleged victims — former Mrs. America Lisa Christie, ex-cocktail waitress Sharon Van Ert, and a retired chauffeur named Pamela Abeyta — joined Allred's fight to force Cosby to face the courts, even though the statute of limitations on their assault claims has expired.
It's anyone's guess what will happen from here and you can bet Singer will go to battle for his client so that the public doesn't get to read his deposition. But how long can that truly last? Let's be honest, chances are pretty high that it will get leaked since his 2005 deposition concerning claims lobbied by Andrea Constand eventually leaked, albeit nearly 10 years after the deposition took place.