California Supreme Court rejects Bill Cosby's attempt to stop sexual assault lawsuit
Actor Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York, in this file photo taken on April 6, 2011. Photo by Lucas Jackson for Reuters.

Bill Cosby lost his latest legal bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974, as the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the comedian's petition to review the case.


The accuser's attorney, Gloria Allred, said the decision cleared the way for the litigation brought by Judy Huth, now in her 50s, to proceed, and that she intended to take Cosby's sworn deposition within the next 30 days.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Eric Beech)