Gloria Allred, an attorney representing 33 women who accused Bill Cosby of misconduct, said she is filing a new civil lawsuit against the disgraced actor in Los Angeles County.
Cosby, 83, served more than two years of a three to 10-year sentence in a state prison near Philadelphia after being convicted of aggravated indecent assault. He was released on Wednesday after his conviction was overturned on technical grounds.
At a press conference held after Cosby’s release, Allred, who also represents the accusers in various other high-profile sexual misconduct lawsuits, said “Mr. Cosby is not free from home” and said that she would pursue a new civil action.
In the lawsuit, Allred will represent a woman who claims to have been the victim of child sexual abuse by the “Cosby Show” star. The accuser claims Cosby abused her at the Playboy Mansion in Southern California when she was young.
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The case had been put on hold until the conclusion of Cosby’s criminal case, which took place on Wednesday with the annulment.
Allred will hold a status conference with the Santa Monica, Calif., Court in August to notify the Los Angeles County Superior Court of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the conviction at that time.
“We expect a date to be set for any new findings and for our case to be brought to trial very soon,” she said.
The new dossier will include a second affidavit from Cosby, Allred said.
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“On the basis of the first statement which [Cosby] on condition, we went back to court and filed a motion to compel him to take a second deposition. In other words, appear again to answer questions under oath, “the attorney said.” Upon his objection, the court granted our motion to compel a second deposition from Mr. Cosby. “
The second deposition was also suspended until the conclusion of the criminal trial.
“Because his criminal case is now closed and because he is not at risk of criminal prosecution, he will not be able to claim his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination in our case.”
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In short, Cosby will be forced to answer all the questions of his civil trial under oath and will not be able at any time to refrain from answering.
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As expected, Allred added that she found the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling “surprising” and insisted she did not think the criminal trial was “unfair.”
Representatives for Cosby did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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