Four Women Came Forward Yesterday With New Stories About Bill Cosby Abusing Them [Updated]
We are at the point where there are so many women coming forward with disturbing stories about being sexually assaulted and sometimes drugged by Bill Cosby that it's getting hard to keep track. Yesterday a total of four more women came forward with new stories about being sexually abused in one way or another by the comedian.Three were actresses with stories that sound remarkably similar: they were young actresses and Cosby implied that if they played along, he'd be willing to help their careers.
Louisa Moritz, known for her role in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," says that Cosby assaulted her when she went on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show in 1971. The actress, now 68, told TMZ that he forced his penis in her mouth while she was waiting in the green room before appearing on the show. She says Cosby told her: "Have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways." After he was done, he reportedly said, "Now you don't want to upset me and the plans for your future, do you?"
Moritz said she never told anyone and though the statute of limitations has run out, she plans to file a civil suit against him. Cosby's attorney Marty Singer dismissed the story: "We've reached a point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous."
Angela Leslie gave an on-camera interview with the New York Daily News detailing a meeting that she had with Cosby in a Las Vegas hotel room. She was and up-and-coming actress, and she had flown out to Vegas to see him—she assumed to discuss her career prospects. When she arrived, he poured her a stiff drink that she hardly touched. Cosby asked her for an audition, and asked her to act intoxicated and then to wet her hair. When she returned from the bathroom, she saw that he had undressed and gotten into bed. Leslie says that he poured lotion into her hand. She says, "He masturbated with my hand. I wasn’t pulling back. I was in shock."
She thinks because she didn't play along, he dropped her as a "mentee" and even interfered with her career. She now assumes that given the stories she's heard that the drink he poured her was drugged. The actress, now 52, says, "I didn’t drink the alcohol, and maybe since I didn’t pass out, he decided to get rid of me."
Renita Chaney Hill
Renita Chaney Hill told a CBS affiliate station in Pittsburgh that she met Cosby as a 15-year-old aspiring model an actress. She says that she was starstruck when she first met him in the 1980s when she was chosen to star in Cosby's educational TV segment “Picture Pages." They kept in touch for four years before she finally stopped returning his calls as a 19-year-old.
Hill says he would fly her out to New York and Atlanta to stay in hotel rooms with him at night. He would insist on her having a drink, though she was underage and then she would pass out. Most of the time she has no memory of what happened with a few exceptions: "One time, I remember just before I passed out, I remember him kissing and touching me and I remember the taste of his cigar on his breath, and I didn’t like it. I remember another time when I woke up in my bed the next day and he was leaving, he mentioned you should probably lose a little weight. I thought that odd, how would he know that?"
She says she believes that the drinks he gave her were spiked. Once she told him that she would visit him, but she didn't want to drink any more. She says he told her that she couldn't see him unless she had the drink. Eventually, she stopped talking to Cosby and she gave up her dream of becoming an actress.
Former Playboy bunny and wife of "The Incredible Hulk" star Lou Ferrigno, Carla Ferrigno has come forward with her own story about a run-in with Cosby. She said a friend of Cosby's asked her out on a double-date with Cosby and his wife Camille in 1967. The couples went back to Cosby's home to shoot pool in the basement when she found herself at one point alone with Cosby. She told KFI's John and Ken: "He walked over to me and grabbed me and pulled me really tight to him, kissing me in the mouth really, really rough."
She said she was able to push him off and flee Cosby's home, and she now believes that her date as well as his wife Camille were somehow in on it. Ferrigno says she's speaking out now in the hopes that it helps turn the tide against the comedian, "I said to Lou, 'I really need to tell someone because I feel that bringing all of this out in the public, I'm one more nail in the coffin who will keep him from doing this again.'"
Vulture has a timeline of the allegations that have come out against Cosby starting about ten years ago. The New York Daily News has a graphic showing eight women who have come forward publicly, however, it does not include Moritz's or Hill's story.
Cosby is experience some blowback. Earlier this week, Netflix postponed his Thanksgiving special, and his NBC sitcom got canned. Cosby's show in Las Vegas next week has been canceled. TV Land dropped "The Cosby Show" from its line-up.
Cosby will keep a position on the board of trustees at Temple University, a decision that has been mocked by The Onion in a piece entitled: Temple University Receives Anonymous Donation To Build Center For Discrediting Rape Allegations.
One of the big questions is why these stories didn't come out sooner. Mark Ebner detailed many of the allegations in 2007, but he writes in The Daily Beast that the story never picked up steam:
In my interviews with several of the women back then, I found the tale they told disturbingly similar: All were young and impressionable, beautiful, and talented. Cosby had taken a keen interest in their careers, and had offered to mentor them or otherwise open the fabled doors to the glistening kingdom of show business, for which he was a principal emissary. All were given spiked drinks—or drugs misrepresented as medicine—and became incapacitated, the women charged. And all allegedly awoke with the unshakable sense that something wrong had occurred. People magazine even ran an article on the lawsuits that were settled with several of the women, but never followed up on it. And from my own experience, I can confirm that the story shook people to the core: Even more than Woody Allen, Bill Cosby was a beloved figure and civil-rights pioneer; hardened editors were horrified at the prospect of taking him down. I might as well have pitched a story about Martin Luther King, Jr. philandering with white women. The story went nowhere.
The Guardian says The National Enquirer was "strong-armed" into soft-pedaling what would have been a groundbreaking investigation into the rape allegations.
UPDATE 1:00 p.m.: Another woman, a 71-year-old grandmother from New Hampshire, has come out publicly today saying that Cosby sexually abused her back in 1965 when she worked as a secretary at Artists Agency Corp., a Beverly Hills talent agency. She said she was one of the Jane Does in the 2005 Andrea Constand civil complaint against Cosby.
Cosby was one of the the agency's clients, and invited the staff and Kristina Ruehli, then 22, to a party at his house, Ruehli said in an interview with Philadelphia Magazine. When she arrived at his home, she said she was surprised nobody else was there, not even people from her office.
He poured her a couple of bourbon drinks, which were cocktails that normally wouldn't have messed her up because she could "hold her liquor" at that time, yet she was in "a foggy state," Ruehli said. She lost consciousness at one point and woke up on a bed to Cosby "attempting to force me into oral sex," she said.
"He must have slipped something into my drink. It's the only way to go lights-out like that," she said.
When asked if she told anyone about it, she said: "Not for a long time. I didn't want to bring it up. I was embarrassed. How did that happen? I was embarrassed that I had put myself in that position, because the woman always blames herself, right?"