Cosby Attorney Says Accuser Tried to Extort Money Before Filing Suit

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Bill Cosby’s attorney contends that a woman and her attorney engaged in an extortion attempt before filing suit earlier this week, claiming that the entertainer molested her when she was 15 years old.

In a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer said that Judy Huth’s allegations of sexual assault in 1974 are “meritless and unsupported,” and that the lawsuit was filed after Cosby rejected her and her attorney’s demand for payment.

Singer’s claim is made in a notice of demurrer. He also is seeking sanctions against Huth and her attorney, Marc Strecker.

“Plaintiff Judy Huth filed a meritless and unsupported 40-year-old claim against Bill Cosby alleging decades-old sexual abuse immediately after Mr. Cosby rejected plaintiff’s outrageous demand for money in order not to make her allegations public,” Singer wrote in the filing. “Recognizing that they committed extortion and could face significant consequences for their conduct, plaintiff’s counsel Marc Strecker rushed to the courthouse to file this lawsuit on behalf of his client.”

Singer contends that Huth failed to file Certificates of Merit executed by her attorney as well as a licensed mental health practitioner “attesting to the meritorious nature of the allegations.” He also said that they violated California statute by naming Cosby as a defendant without first obtaining court permission. Cosby’s attorney contends that Huth is required to do so in a claim that is barred by the statute of limitations.

Huth, now 55, alleges in her lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles that Cosby assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 after having met him on a movie set.

According to the suit, Huth and a friend (age 16 at the time) accepted Cosby’s invitation to meet him at a tennis club a week later, where he insisted that they consume alcoholic beverages every time he won a game of pool. He then allegedly took the girls to the Playboy Mansion, where Cosby “proceeded to sexually molest [Huth] by attempting to put his hand down her pants, then taking her hand in his hand and performing a sex act on himself without her consent.”

Huth is suing Cosby for “severe and extreme emotional distress” and is seeking punitive damages.

“Under California law, the only way that an alleged victim of childhood sexual abuse would be able to assert an otherwise time-barred claim is to allege that the psychological injury or illness had been repressed and was only discovered within the last three years,” Singer said in his motion. “Without providing any specific allegations, or the mandated certification from a mental health professional to support her claim, plaintiff alleges that she discovered her psychological injuries and illness ‘within the three years prior to the filing of the complaint.’ Conspicuously absent from her complaint, however, is the fact, confirmed by plaintiff’s counsel, that plaintiff unsuccessfully tried to sell her story to the tabloids nearly a decade ago.”

In his motion for sanctions, Singer wrote that there was no factual basis for the claim. “Through her lawyer, plaintiff made extortionate threats to Mr. Cosby (through his counsel) about criminal penalties, coupled with ever increasing demands for a six-figure payday to keep quiet about her long since expired claims.” Singer wrote the amount of her demands increased in amount from $100,000 to $250,000.

Strecker did not immediately return a request for comment.

More than a dozen women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, and many of the allegations are for incidents that occurred a decade or more ago.

On Thursday, speaking to reporters, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said that the department would investigate accusations brought to them, but he said that so far none have. He indicated that they would conduct an investigation regardless of whether the incidents occurred beyond the statute of limitations.

“We don’t turn people away because things are out of statute,” the chief said, according to City News Service. “You come to us, especially with a sexual allegation, we will work with you.”

 

 

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  1. Chris says:

    Precisely, Lisa

  2. Lisa says:

    Exactly. The victim and her lawyer were doing Cosby a favour by suggesting a settlement before a police investigation! Why would these victims want to live the rapes over and over through the media? Arrogantly, Cosby said no, and now the police are, in fact, investigating. Typical behaviour of a criminal with the ‘catch me if you can’ mentality. Now that the police are involved he’s whining it’s extortion! What gives?!
    I think the victims should call for a trial instead of giving him any chances to apologize or otherwise. And I think the jury or judge should take into account the abuse he’s putting the victims through now – calling them liars and extortionists, etc, when it’s Cosby who is the perpetrator!

  3. David says:

    Translation: “they tried to settle but wanted more money than we are willing to pay”.
    Marty does have a gift for hyperbole.

  4. Dabney Finch says:

    I always thought asking for money before filing suit was called a “settlement demand.” I guess some attorneys prefer to call it “extortion” instead.

  5. jhs39 says:

    So this woman’s lawyers attempted extortion but the Cosby legal team didn’t complain to police and Cosby didn’t do it but his lawyers are trying to get the suit dismissed on legal technicalities. Whether her accusations have merit or not Cosby still comes out looking very bad. I’m guessing the strategy of the Cosby legal team is to deny deny deny until new accusers no longer pop up and the press moves on to something else. A more pro-active approach would be to sue the women for defamation but his lawyers have clearly chosen not to take that route even though it is the only way to clear Bill Cosby’s name. So why aren’t Cosby’s lawyers more vigorously defending their client beyond issuing press statements? I’m sure the answer to that question is obvious to most people.

  6. AWAKE says:

    Ah, the truth….it always comes out–and in Cosby’s case, it seems he has suppressed it for decades. A real feat in the digital age. Let’s not forget it is his lawyers job to discredit his accusers. I sincerely hope that we do not still live in a time where we blame the victim(s).

  7. nimportequoi says:

    Oh, please sounds like bs from Huth…she waits ten years to file suit just as he has a new show ready to air…ludicrous…she was certainly trying to get more of his money for sure…just another gold digger…

    • Lisa says:

      ‘Gold digger’? What if she was, in fact, assaulted? What a rotten thing to say. Why is it that every time a woman reports a sexual assault she is a ‘gold digger’?
      In addition, why is everyone bringing money into this? Because money signifies power? It’s almost like a peacock showing off his feathers and saying to the female birds, ‘She wants my feathers’.Pfft.
      If it goes to court, your complaint will turn to ”Oh, these feminists are trying to keep a good man down, so what if he assaulted them, it was 40 years ago! Forget about it, you whores”. The question still remains why Cosby brought them to the playboy mansion in the first place. He was an adult. And they were minors and he knew it! Since they were minors, they were not capable of giving consent, for many things, at the time. Well, the girl has grown up and is now an adult, but he’s STILL a dirty old man.

  8. 1favored says:

    My experience with Dr. Cosby was always one of the utmost respect from him. I hope this situation makes its way to the courtroom. Anyone can claim someone did something and then others jump on the bandwagon to lay claim. “News” has become a cesspool of tabloid gossip. Take it to the courthouse or at least bring on more than he-said-she-said-he-did “reporting”.

  9. Karma says:

    I would have asked for money before filing suit as well. No woman wants to make this kind of disgusting behavior public if they aren’t forced to. She is the victim, not Cosby.

    He’s a disgraceful old pervert and if he hadn’t paid women off before, we would all have been aware of what scum he is to begin with. He used his power and money to escape punishment but you can’t escape karma forever, as he’s finding out.

    • anne says:

      Really. What’s to stop you now? You and any woman can file a suit against someone about something that happened 40 years ago and can’t be proven one way or another.

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