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

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, actor and comedian Bill Cosby is assisted as he leaves after a court appearance in Norristown, Pa. A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday, April 25, 2016, has rejected Cosby's attempt to halt his criminal case because of what he called a decade-old deal not to prosecute him. The 78-year-old Cosby is facing trial over a 2004 encounter at his home with a then-Temple University employee. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) 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.

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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.

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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.

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