The number of women who have publicly accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault is up to at least 11 after three more alleged victims came forward on Thursday and one did so today. Vulture has the rundown on Thursday’s news:
Actress Louisa Moritz, who played Rose in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, told TMZ that Cosby forced her to engage in oral sex before a 1971 Tonight Show appearance; Carla Ferrigno (Lou Ferrigno’s wife) told Rumorfix he attacked and grabbed her at a party in 1967; and Therese Serignese, a Florida nurse, told the Huffington Post that he drugged and raped her in 1976. She is one of 13 women who were set to testify against Cosby in a 2005 lawsuit before the case was settled.
Serignese’s account is the most detailed; her relationship with Cosby lasted for a number of years. Ferrigno’s allegations were reported by a gossip site that bizarrely noted that she is “so stressed out over the situation that she is working through the pressure at the gym.”
A representative for Cosby, entertainment lawyer Marty Singer, said in a statement that Moritz—who describes herself on her website as a practicing attorney—lacks credibility because she has been “prohibited from practicing law after she admitted violating the Rules of Professional Conduct in her legal practice.”
On Thursday Singer also questioned the credibility of another Cosby accuser, Linda Joy Traitz, who posted her allegations on Facebook earlier this week and spoke to CNN:
“He kept offering me the pills,” she alleged, and it made her feel uncomfortable. She claimed that he then groped her chest, pushing her down in the seat and toward the door, and tried to lay on top her.
Singer says Traitz lacks credibility because she has a long record of drug-related arrests and crimes. She acknowledged to CNN that she has had drug problems though she says she is now sober.
Early this morning the New York Daily News reported that a former model/actress named Angela Leslie alleges that Cosby forced her to rub his penis in 1992. Like Serignese and another accuser named Barbara Bowman, Leslie says that, during her encounter with Cosby, he asked her to wet her hair and perform for him in the manner of an actress.