Crime & Justice

Judge rejects Bill Cosby's bid to dismiss underage sex abuse case

File: Bill Cosby leaves the Court House in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania on Dec. 30, 2015 after arraignment on charges of aggravated indecent assault.
File: Bill Cosby leaves the Court House in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania on Dec. 30, 2015 after arraignment on charges of aggravated indecent assault.
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A judge has rejected a bid to dismiss an infliction of emotional distress claim filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who says the comedian sexually abused her when she was underage.

The ruling Tuesday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan allows most of Judy Huth's lawsuit against Cosby to proceed. Cosby's lawyers had challenged the case on various procedural grounds, including that Huth had waited too long to sue the comedian.

Huth sued Cosby in December 2014, alleging he forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15 years old.

Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred, says she is pleased the case is moving forward.

An email sent to Cosby's spokeswoman Monique Pressley was not immediately returned.