Hugh Hefner will be asked to testify in a civil suit accusing comedian Bill Cosby of molestation, celebrity attorney Gloria Allred said on Wednesday.
Allred, who is representing client Judy Huth in the suit, said she intends to depose the Playboy founder, announcing it in a California courtroom, the New York Daily News reported.
“Mr. Hefner is going to be 90 years old next week – we need to proceed with his deposition,” Allred said, according to the Daily News.
Huth said she was plied with alcohol and molested by Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974 when she was 15 years old. Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual abuse, with some also saying their abuse took place at the Playboy Mansion. Cosby, 78, has denied any wrongdoing.
“Bill Cosby has been a good friend for many years and the mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening,” Hefner said in a statement in 2014 after Huth filed the lawsuit, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I would never tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of who was involved.”
In a ruling on Wednesday, a judge postponed further depositions of both Cosby and Huth, citing the comedian’s right to avoid self-incrimination in a separate criminal case pending in Pennsylvania, Reuters reported. Allred previously deposed Cosby in October and had been scheduled to question him again on April 7, according to Reuters. The judge said he would allow other depositions to proceed.