An attorney for Bill Cosby says a lawsuit, filed this week by a woman who claims she was 15 when the comedy legend sexually assaulted her 40 years ago in the Playboy Mansion, contains "absolutely false," "unreliable" and "untimely" accusations.
According to court documents obtained Thursday by TMZ.com and GossipCop.com, attorney Marty Singer attacked the lawsuit by Judy Huth as containing fabrications, pointing specifically to her claim she and Cosby played a "drinking game" even though Cosby is "a lifelong nondrinker."
Singer's response also says Huth attempted unsuccessfully to sell her story to tabloids a decade ago. The attorney says this undermines her claim of a newly recovered repressed memory, which under California law allows the filing of a civil suit within three years of remembering.
Cosby's response also claims the woman's attorney approached Singer last month and demanded $100,000 for Huth's silence, later increasing the amount to $250,000 after more women came forward with allegations of having been drugged and raped by Cosby decades ago. Cosby has denied all the claims and no charges were ever filed. A 2006 civil suit was settled out of court.
Also yesterday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Stevens announced that Cosby, who enlisted in the Navy in 1956 and served four years as a hospital corpsman before being honorably discharged in 1960 as a 3rd Class Petty Officer, was being stripped of his 2011 designation as an honorary chief petty officer. The Navy said the allegations of sexual abuse were serious and in conflict with the Navy's core values.