Bill Cosby’s lawyers are planning to seek a protective order to limit the questions the comedian can be asked when he sits for a deposition in an upcoming sexual assault case.
The embattled actor is due to be quizzed about allegations he acted inappropriately with Judy Huth during a party at the Playboy Mansion in California in 1974, when she was just 15.
The meeting with Huth’s legal team is set for October 9 at a secret location, and now Cosby’s lawyers have indicated they will try to have special restrictions placed on the deposition.
They did not detail the limitations during a court hearing in Santa Monica, California on Friday, but protective orders can put restrictions on the scope of questions asked, the way the session is recorded, and seal testimony to keep it private.
Huth’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, has declared she will fight the request.
Allred told the New York Daily News, “We’re going to be opposing their motion for protective order.
“We think that there should be transparency. The public has an interest, and to the extent permitted by law, we think that it’s important that there be transparency in this case. That is not their position, so we, I’m sure, will have an argument.”
They are next due in court on October 5.
Allred represents a number of the 50-plus women who have gone public with decades-old accusations of sexual abuse against 78-year-old Cosby, although many of the claims cannot be pursued in criminal court because of the statute of limitations, which has long expired.
Cosby, whose lawyers maintain their client is innocent, has never been charged by police over any of the reported encounters, although he settled one civil suit with Andrea Constand in 2006.