With a number of ongoing legal cases swirling around embattled comedian Bill Cosby, a judge in California today delayed a deposition of Cosby that had been scheduled for next week. Reuters reports that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Kaplan put on hold further depositions of both Cosby and Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby for alleged sexual abuse.
The reason for the delay, Reuters reports, is to avoid interference with a criminal case against Cosby, which is playing out in Pennsylvania.
“Kaplan, in agreeing with lawyers for Cosby who had sought to put his deposition on hold, expressed concern that if the deposition proceeded as scheduled, Cosby might be forced to plead his constitutional right not to incriminate himself because of the Pennsylvania criminal case,” Reuters notes.
Huth sued Cosby in December 2014, accusing him of sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15. Huth’s lawyer Gloria Allred has indicated she plans to depose Hugh Hefner in the case.