More Bill Cosby shows are being cancelled by a number of US venues while more women came forward yesterday accusing the 77-year-old comedy veteran of sexual assaults.
Cosby’s representatives have dismissed the accusations and Cosby himself has refused to comment on the claims.
His lawyer, Martin Singer, said yesterday that the claims of women with “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40 or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.”
Performances in Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington state have been cancelled as more women accused the entertainer of having drugged and sexually assaulted them - and he has refused to comment on the allegations.
The claims were made by Carla Ferrigno, wife of Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno; actress Louisa Moritz, who appeared in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest; model-actress Angela Leslie and the then-actress Renita Chaney Hill, who claimed Cosby began drugging and sexually assaulting her when she was 15.
Ferrigno said she, unlike other accusers, was not drugged when Cosby allegedly assaulted her in 1967.
She told Los Angeles radio station KFI that she fought him off in his home as he tried to grab her after his wife Camille had gone to bed.
“I had never been treated so roughly and he pulled me hard to him so hard . . . I was stunned. I was frozen. I took all my body strength and used both of my arms to stop him and push him away from me. He was so forceful,” she claimed.
Moritz, 68, alleged that Cosby - who has never been charged in relation to the allegations - forced her to perform oral sex on him in a dressing room in 1971, to showbiz website TMZ.
Hill, 47, told KDKA radio that she had a five-year relationship with Cosby in the 1980s when she was a teen actress and said they travelled together for the Picture Pages show. She claims that Cosby would insist she have an alcoholic drink, even though she was underage. She said she believes he drugged her because she would have no memory of events the next day.
Mr Singer said: “Over and over again, we have refuted these new, unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork.
“When will it end? It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr Cosby to stop.”
A statement from Cosby last Sunday dismissed the claims as “decade-old, discredited allegations.”
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
Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, claimed Cosby raped her in 1976 after a show in Las Vegas when she was 19 years old.
Barbara Bowman, who was an aspiring actress, said in a 13 November column in the Washington Post that she was 17 when she blacked-out after Cosby allegedly drugged her, and she said she woke up wearing her underwear and a man's T-shirt with him standing over her. She said she was certain that she was raped.
Journalist and former actress Joan Tarshis, 66, claimed on Monday that she was a 19-year-old who wanted to be a comedy writer when Cosby allegedly gave her spiked drinks twice in 1969 and claims that he forced her to perform a sex act the first time and raped her the second time.
She said she told no one for decades and only decided to go public when she read the Washington Post column by Bowman.
Ex-supermodel Janice Dickinson, accused Cosby while talking to Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday of giving her red wine and a pill when they were together in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982.
Tamara Green, a California lawyer, was among those who had agreed to testify. She later accused Cosby of trying to sexually assault her in her Los Angeles apartment around 1970, when she was a model and an aspiring actress.
She said Cosby gave her two pills that made her almost lose consciousness, took her to her apartment, undressed her and then took his clothes off.
In an Associated Press interview yesterday, she said she recalled screaming and trying to break a window with a lamp as she fought off Cosby’s alleged advances. She claimed he eventually left, leaving two $100 notes.
“I think that my blood pressure and my fury was keeping me from losing consciousness,” she said.
David Fischer, director of the Broadway Center in Washington state, said yesterday that the venue cancelled Cosby’s appearance on 18 April because it conflicts with the non-profit organisation’s mission “to strengthen our community’s social fabric by building empathy, furthering education and sharing joy.”
Cosby’s producers said at least 29 other shows remain on his schedule through May 2015.
A sold-out Cosby comedy show last night in Melbourne, Florida, went on as planned and the actor was greeted with a standing ovation from fans.Reuse content