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Bill Cosby wins temporary delay in lawsuit against him

3/31/2016, 11:48 a.m. | Updated on 3/31/2016, 11:48 a.m.
Bill Cosby marked a small — but only temporary — legal victory in Los Angeles on Wednesday. This was 24 ...

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bill Cosby marked a small — but only temporary — legal victory in Los Angeles on Wednesday. This was 24 hours after he marked a legal loss in a different case on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The two cases involve civil defamation and sexual battery lawsuits filed against him by two of the five-dozen women who have accused him of drugging and/or raping them in episodes dating back decades.

Meanwhile, Cosby is fighting a criminal sexual-assault case in Pennsylvania, currently on hold while he appeals pre-trial rulings.

Attorneys for Cosby, 78, are also seeking to delay the comedian's second deposition in the case. He gave his first sworn testimony in the case last year, but a judge has ordered him to answer additional questions posed by Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred.

The ruling gives Cosby more time to resolve the criminal case before answering more questions from Huth and her attorney, leading Cosby legal foe Gloria Allred, who represents dozens of his accusers.

But the judge warned he's not freezing the Huth sexual battery case indefinitely. "I don't want this case to be here three, four, five years from now. That's not justice," Karlan said.

Cosby's former attorney vehemently denied Huth's accusations, accusing her former lawyer of attempting to extort Cosby for $250,000 before filing the lawsuit.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual abuse, but the statutes of limitations in most instances have passed.

On Tuesday, a judge rejected a motion by Cosby's lawyers to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by model Janice Dickinson. Cosby's lawyers say they believe the case should be dismissed and are considering an appeal.

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