Cosby deposition in sexual battery case delayed

Anthony McCartney
Associated Press

Los Angeles — A judge says Bill Cosby doesn’t have to give more sworn testimony in a Southern California woman’s sexual battery lawsuit to give the comedian time to resolve a criminal case.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlan ruled Wednesday that a temporary delay in the case is justified, but he’s concerned about it being on hold indefinitely.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit by Riverside County resident Judy Huth, who accuses Cosby of forcing her to perform a sex act on him around 1974 when she was 15.

Attorneys for Cosby sought a delay because the 78-year-old has been charged with sex assault in Pennsylvania. That case is on hold while Cosby appeals a ruling.

Karlan is allowing attorneys to conduct depositions of other potential witnesses in the California case.