Attorney Gloria Allred slammed Bill Cosby’s legal team, who are trying to overturn a new California law that allows rape victims to file civil claims years after the alleged abuse.
The women’s rights attorney is suing the disgraced comedian in California Superior Court on behalf of Judy Huth, who claims she was sexually abused by the “Cosby Show” actor at the Playboy mansion in 1974.
Lawyers for Cosby, 84, claim that the state’s “lookback window” law, which allows victims more time to file civil lawsuits against their alleged rapists, is unconstitutional.
“What the new law does is it opens up access to the courts for many victims of child sexual abuse who may have been victimized in prior years but for many reasons never came forward,” said Allred in a press conference after her court appearance Friday. “If Bill Cosby’s defense is successful in having that new law declared unconstitutional, it is going to be a significant barrier to those who allege they are victims to being able to have access to justice.”
More than 60 women have come forward to accuse the comedian of sexual assault, often facilitated by drugs. Cosby’s previous sexual assault conviction in another case was overturned by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court in June. He was released from prison after serving more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence after being found guilty of drugging and molesting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand.