The Latest: Cosby deposition in sexual battery case delayed

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Posted: Mar 30, 2016 1:40 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a Southern California woman's sexual battery lawsuit against Bill Cosby (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

A judge says Bill Cosby doesn't have to give more sworn testimony in a Southern California woman's sexual battery lawsuit to give the comedian time to resolve a criminal case.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlan ruled Wednesday that a temporary delay in the case is justified, but he's concerned about it being on hold indefinitely.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit by Riverside County resident Judy Huth, who accuses Cosby of forcing her to perform a sex act on him around 1974 when she was 15.

Attorneys for Cosby sought a delay because the 78-year-old has been charged with sex assault in Pennsylvania. That case is on hold while Cosby appeals a ruling.

Karlan is allowing attorneys to conduct depositions of other potential witnesses in the California case.

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12:35 a.m.

A judge is scheduled to consider Wednesday whether to put a sex battery lawsuit against Bill Cosby on hold until an unrelated criminal case against the comedian is resolved.

Cosby's attorneys are seeking the delay in a case filed by Judy Huth, a Riverside County woman who accuses the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him when she was 15 years old. Huth sued Cosby in December 2014, claiming the abuse happened in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974.

Cosby's lawyers want the case put on hold until after Cosby resolves a sexual assault criminal case filed in Pennsylvania. That case is on hold while Cosby appeals a ruling that he did not have an immunity deal with a former prosecutor.