Judy Huth is one of more than 50 women who have come forward with decades-old accusations of inappropriate behaviour, drugging and/or rape against Cosby in the past 18 months. The statute of limitations has expired in almost all of the cases, preventing the alleged victims from pursuing criminal charges, but Huth claims she was just 15 when the comic reportedly forced himself upon her at a Playboy Mansion party in California in 1974.

She filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Cosby in December, 2014, but the 78-year-old requested to have the case dismissed, arguing it too was past the statute of limitations. However, on Tuesday (26Apr16), a judge rejected his motion for a second time.

Huth's lawyer, Gloria Allred, is now planning to move forward and depose Playboy founder and mansion owner Hugh Hefner next month (May16).

The ruling comes on the same day a judge ruled Cosby's aggravated indecent assault criminal case could proceed to trial. The Cosby Show star faces the charge for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.