The Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation into sexual assault claims against Bill Cosby Friday, after meeting one of the accusers, according to media reports. Judy Huth, who alleges that the comedian molested her at the Playboy Mansion decades ago when she was 15, reportedly met with police officials for nearly 90 minutes.
Huth decided to pursue a police investigation after police chief Charlie Beck said the department would conduct a probe if any complaint was filed against Cosby, attorney Gloria Allred reportedly said. The news of the police investigation comes a day after Cosby’s lawyer Martin Singer filed a lawsuit against Huth claiming that the woman tried to extort money from the actor before filing a sexual battery lawsuit on Tuesday.
“They [the police] are inviting individuals to file a report, that is to meet and provide any evidence they may have, and we’ve accepted his [Chief Beck’s] invitation and that is why we are here today,” Allred reportedly said.
Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, said late Friday that detectives would "do everything they can at this point in time to get to the bottom of what happened,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Singer’s filing on Thursday claimed that Huth’s lawyer, Marc Strecker, approached Cosby to demand $250,000 to stop the woman from filing the lawsuit, but later filed it after the 77-year-old rejected their demands. The lawsuit also alleges that Huth failed to provide relevant medical certificates proving the newly discovered psychological effects that she has claimed in the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, on Friday, cleaning crew removed the word “rapist” that was written on Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The incident took place amid a series of rape and sexual assault allegations against the actor that resurfaced in recent weeks.