Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by four new women over the weekend.
Kristina Ruehli alleges that the comedy actor tried to force her to have oral sex with him after she claimed that he drugged her drink when she was 22 in 1965.
Former comedy club manager Joyce Emmons – who knew Cosby in the Seventies – claims she woke up in bed nude with one of the actor’s friends, who had unsuccessfully shown his interest in her earlier on in the evening.
Cosby had previously giving her a pill to deal with a migraine she was having. When Emmons questioned him about the incident, he allegedly laughed and said it was “just a Quaalude” – a sedative-hypnotic drug.
Renita Chaney Hill, now 47, believes she was drugged by the actor when she was an aspiring teenage actress in the Eighties. She claims she was forced to drink alcohol, despite being underage, which she now believes were drugged. She would then find herself in bed with no memory of what happened the night before.
Actress Angela Leslie claims that Cosby drugged her and sexually assaulted her in his Las Vegas hotel room.
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
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Winner of his first Emmy for 'I Spy' is Bill Cosby being congratulated by his wife Camille held at Americana Hotel, 1966
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Bill Cosby in 'I Spy', 1960s
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Bill Cosby in July 1973 in Perth
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Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor in 'California Suite', 1978
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Bill Cosby and Elmo in Sesame Street, 1989
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Bill Cosby poses for a picture with Florence Griffith-Joyner in June 1989
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Comedian Bill Cosby back in 1992
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A scene from a 1992 episode of 'The Cosby Show'
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US Monica Seles breaks into laughter as she jokes with comedian Bill Cosby during a celebrity match in the stadium at the US Open for the Arthur Ashe AIDS Challenge on 27 August 1995
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Bill Cosby meets Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star Joe Carter after the Stars played the Stripes in the Celebrity All-Star game which preceded workouts for the 67th All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium on 8 July 1996 in Philadephia
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Co-hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby joke with each other during the opening of the 2000 Essence Awards 14 April 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
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Bill Cosby jokes with baseball great Hank Aaron after they both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award from U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony on 9 July 2002 at the White House in Washington
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Bill Cosby poses backstage after winning the 'Bob Hope Humanitarian Award' during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on 21 September 2003 in Los Angeles
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'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno and comedian Bill Cosby laugh during a surprise visit by Cosby to sign a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Leno is using to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at NBC studios on 9 September 2005 in Burbank, California
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Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios on 14 October 2007 in Washington
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Bill Cosby at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on 26 October 2009 in Washington
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Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York on 6 April 2011
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Bill Cosby during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund, 2012
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Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on 11 November 2013 in Washington
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Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on 26 September 2014 in Las Vegas
The main thing I want is for people to know him for who he really is,” Leslie told the Daily News. “He’s not this dad of America.”
The accusations following similar claims made by Lou Ferrigno, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Therese Serignese and Janice Dickinson.
This weekend, Cosby defended himself against the claims, saying that “people need to fact check”.
“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Cosby told Florida Today.
“People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
On Friday, he was given standing ovation when he performed at Melbourne, Florida.
Last weekend, the actor’s lawyer said that he will not be commenting on the “decade-old discredited” allegations.
“The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true,” read a statement on Cosby’s website.
“Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work.”
This week his lawyers also responded to a further allegation against him, saying it was “a complete lie”.
In 2006, Andrea Constand claimed that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in his Philadelphia mansion in 2004 - allegations firmly denied by his lawyers. Over 13 alleged victims were proposing to testify but the civil case with Constand settled in 2006. The terms of the settlement remain undisclosed.
Cosby has never been arrested or charged with any offence arising from the allegations.Reuse content