Police in the US have begun an investigation into claims the comedian Bill Cosby molested a woman when she was 15 years old.

The investigation was opened after Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby for sexual battery, met Los Angeles police detectives for 90 minutes.

LAPD officer Jane Kim confirmed the department had opened its investigation after the meeting.

Ms Huth’s civil suit claims Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion in LA in 1974.

His lawyers have dismissed the claim as “patently false”.

Celebrity women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred said Ms Huth met two special victim unit detectives on Friday, three days after her lawsuit was filed.

“We are going to provide any and all evidence that she has,” Ms Allred said.

Police did not give any additional details about the investigation.

Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, has accused Ms Huth and another lawyer of extortion and said she attempted to sell her story to a tabloid newspaper a decade earlier.

Mr Singer’s filing states the other lawyer, Marc Strecker, first demanded $100,000 for Ms Huth to remain silent, then raised the demand to $250,000 as more women came forward accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct… see more

source: skynews