Detectives meeting with possible Bill Cosby victim
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police detectives were meeting Friday with a woman who is a possible victim of sexual assault by comedian Bill Cosby, a department spokeswoman said.
Officer Jane Kim said detectives were meeting with the woman Friday but could not release additional details.
The meeting occurred one day after Police Chief Charlie Beck called on anyone who believed they were victims of sexual abuse by Cosby to come forward, regardless of whether their claims were too old to be prosecuted.
An email message sent to Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer was not immediately returned.
Attorney Gloria Allred wrote in an email that she will make a statement Friday evening outside a Los Angeles police statement about the police inquiry.
Cosby was sued Tuesday by Judy Huth, who claims the comedian forced her to perform a sex act on him with her hand in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15 years old. Cosby’s attorneys denied her claims in a court filing Thursday and accused her and her attorney of extortion.
Huth’s lawyer in recent weeks increased a demand to stay quiet from $100,000 to $200,000, according to filings by Singer. Huth also tried to sell her story about alleged abuse by Cosby to a tabloid a decade ago, which Singer contends undercuts her argument that she only recently discovered the psychological effects of the incident and is allowed to file a lawsuit under California law.
Cosby has been accused by more than 15 women in recent weeks of sexual misconduct, ranging from incidents of groping to incidents of drugging and raping. He has never been charged with a crime, and his attorneys have denied many of the allegations.
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