Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Calls Bill Cosby Rape Allegations ‘Saddening’

Hugh Hefner on the Bill Cosby Playboy Mansion sexual assault claim: "The mere thought is saddening." (Photo: 2008 photo by Reed Saxon, AP)
Hugh Hefner on the Bill Cosby Playboy Mansion sexual assault claim: “The mere thought is saddening.”
(Photo: 2008 photo by Reed Saxon, AP)

The Los Angeles Police Department opened an investigation Friday into a woman’s claim that Bill Cosby molested her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15, a department spokeswoman said.

Judy Huth says the comedian forced her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the storied party house in 1974. On Wednesday, she filed a civil suit against Cosby for sexual battery.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner issued a statement on the scandal Saturday.

“Bill Cosby has been a good friend for many years and the mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening,” he said. “I would never tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of who was involved.”

Attorney Gloria Allred says Huth met with a pair of special victims unit detectives and vowed, “We are going to provide any and all evidence that she has.” Neither Allred nor Huth took any questions at a news conference Friday.

Martin Singer, attorney for the embattled comedian, accused Huth and a different attorney, Marc Strecker, of extortion. His court filings say they demanded $100,000 in exchange for her silence and then upped their price to $250,000 as more women went public with their own accusations.

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SOURCE: USA Today
Jayme Deerwester