SANTA MONICA, CA – A Riverside County woman who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Cosby on Tuesday won a round in court Tuesday to limit the extent to which the comedian’s lawyers investigate her medical background be able.
The Santa Monica Supreme Court ruling, Craig D. Karlan, was in response to a subpoena sent by Cosby’s attorneys to a doctor who was treating plaintiff Judy Huth and soliciting all information about her medical background. The doctor is only mentioned in Huth’s court files as Dr. AF. identified
Huth’s medical records are turned over to the copy service chosen by Cosby in response to the subpoena, but the copies are then turned over to the plaintiff’s attorneys for review so they can determine if they object to any portion of the information being handed over to the defense. All disputes would be resolved by the judge.
“The court is of the opinion that the plaintiff is entitled to protect her data protection rights and to treat as confidential all information that is not in dispute in this lawsuit,” wrote Karlan.
In their court records, Huth’s attorneys argued that while Cosby was entitled to some of Dr. AF, but the subpoena was too broad.
Cosby’s record-keeping subpoena “appears to require the disclosure of private information not directly related to the lawsuit (damages), private information that is not strictly required to be revealed, private information that is prohibited by law from disclosure , and / or private information that is not reasonably likely to lead to the disclosure of legitimate information, “argued Huth’s lawyers in their papers.
Huth, 63, who lives in the Canyon Lake residential complex in Riverside County, sued Cosby, now 84, in December 2014. She claims that Cosby invited her and a 16-year-old girlfriend to in 1974 when she was 15 a house where he convinced her to drink a beer for every game of billiards won. Huth claims he later took her and her friend to the Playboy Mansion, where he allegedly molested them in a bedroom.
Cosby had previously been convicted in a Pennsylvania retrial on charges of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018, but that state’s Supreme Court overturned the conviction in June after finding that he had received a non-prosecution agreement from a previous prosecutor.
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