LOS ANGELES — Oh, to be a fly on the wall when Gloria Allred grilled Bill Cosby.
The famed feminist attorney interrogated the 78-year-old comedian and Jell-O huckster under oath Oct. 9 in Boston, about his alleged serial doping and groping of young women. She says no question was off-limits.
A video camera was rolling, but what it captured will remain under seal for at least the next 60 days. The lawyers have been told not to discuss what was said during the deposition.
But it’s no secret that Allred had been eagerly awaiting her moment with a man she views as a sexual predator.
“Mr. Cosby, I’m really looking forward to seeing you in person at this deposition,” she said recently on CNN, adding he “needs to get ready.”
Allred said Saturday that she was able to question Cosby from about 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and wants to ask him more questions. She added, crytpically, that she expects to file legal motions in connection with what took place at the deposition.
It was a week in which Cosby took a bicoastal legal bath. Bids to toss out lawsuits by his accusers failed in both California and Massachusetts.
More than 40 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct over several decades. The star has not been criminally charged and has vehemently denied wrongdoing.
A federal judge in Springfield, near Cosby’s Massachusetts home, ruled Oct. 9 that three women can continue to pursue a defamation action against the comedian and his handlers. Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz allege Cosby and his representatives defamed them while defending Cosby. Their offiicial line had been that the women fabricated sexual abuse allegations against Cosby.
U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni ruled that their suit can move ahead, opening the door for other accusers to come forward. The judge said it might be possible for the women to prove that Team Cosby knowingly made false statements as they tried to discredit his accusers.
Last week, a judge in Los Angeles refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Allred. The suit claims Cosby molested her client, then 15, at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. Allred’s client, Judy Huth, faces grilling by Cosby’s lawyers next week.
Huth’s is the rare Cosby accuser’s case to make it to court. In other cases, too much time has passed. But because she was 15 at the time, the statute of limitations was extended.