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Bill Cosby accused of underage assault

Bill Cosby is being sued for sexual assault.

The 77-year-old actor has been embroiled in a scandal over the last month, after at least 17 women accused him of sexual assault - among them supermodel Janice Dickinson. Cosby has denied the claims, with his lawyers issuing statements slamming them.

Judy Huth, 50, has now filed paperwork at the Los Angeles county superior court claiming Cosby attacked her in 1974 when she was 15. It is alleged that the actor-and-comedian molested her at the Playboy mansion and told her to lie about how old she was.

The lawsuit claims that Huth and a friend of hers initially met Cosby on a film set. They were then asked to go to his tennis club, where it's alleged they were given alcohol while playing billiards.

"Under the terms of Cosby’s game, plaintiff was required to consume a beer every time Cosby won a game," the paperwork claims.

After that, the star is said to have told the girls he had a surprise and took them to the famous mansion.

Huth claims she was forced into a sexual act which she didn't consent to, and was told to tell anyone who asked that she was 19.

She is asking for unspecified damages having suffered "psychological damage and mental anguish".

In 2005 another woman brought a lawsuit against Cosby, claiming he had drugged her and then assaulted her. It was settled out of court.

At the time of writing, the star's lawyer has not commented on the new lawsuit.

Cosby has not faced any legal proceedings to any of the new allegations which have been made against him.

The star is best known for appearing in US comedy TV series The Cosby Show. Following the spate of allegations against him he's cancelled several talk show appearances and plans he had to work with Netflix and NBC have been dropped.

Last month, Cosby's lawyer John P. Schmitt issued a statement via the star's website in which he slammed allegations made against him.

"Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced," he said. "The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.

"He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."

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