Why Is Judy Huth Able To Sue Bill Cosby, But Other Accusers Aren't?
When it comes to the Bill Cosby allegations, questions upon questions abound, right down to the specific legalities of the accusations of each accuser. Depending upon their ages, or when the alleged injustice is supposed to have occurred, Cosby's accusers may or may not have legal cases, despite the content of many of their accusations. Because of the specifics, it is likely that you are wondering what many others have wondered as well. Why is accuser Judy Huth suing Cosby, while the majority of his more than 50 accusers are not?
Well, it is not simply because they don't want to. In fact, there are many who are unable to, legally. As per People, Professor Robin Wilson of The University of Illinois College of Law relays that child abuse victims (i.e. people who were minors at the time that any alleged acts took place) are allotted a longer time frame to press charges because they either are not aware that they were harmed in a legal sense or because of their age, they can't properly represent themselves or don't tell people about it at all. People explains that,
"...Huth claims in a civil suit that Cosby, 77, sexually battered her when she was 15 years old, and that this directly led to emotional distress. Because she was a minor when the alleged abuse occurred, Huth has a longer window to file suit due to a discovery rule."
People further explains that because Huth is claiming that she recently "discovered" emotional distress due to the alleged abuse, in addition to the actual alleged acts of abuse, her case qualifies under the child sexual abuse statute. This is particularly important, because there are other Cosby accusers who were also underage at the time of their alleged assaults.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that there is actually another lawsuit against Cosby. More specifically, accuser Chloe Goins is, as Newsweek explains, the "only alleged victim whose case falls within the statute of limitations." Per the site, Goins just filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby on October 7. According to ETOnline, her accusation qualifies because Cosby allegedly assaulted her when she was 18 years old, back in 2008.
In scandals such as this one, legalities and statute of limitations matter. In many instances, unfortunately, the fact that an accuser claims an alleged assault occurred is not enough; when the alleged act occurred and how long the alleged act affected the victim afterwards do. This is why Huth and Goins are able to bring lawsuits against Cosby, but many of the other accusers aren't.
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.