Bill Cosby, who is now facing a total of 21 sexual abuse allegations (by our count), opened a show in the Bahamas last night – a fundraiser for a women’s organization – by fake crying into his hands and exclaiming, “Parents are coming and taking their children home, saying to me ‘’’Bill Cosby you are an evil man.’”
The performance, which reportedly continued for 90 minutes without further reference to the allegations, occurred as two more women – Louisa Moritz and Angela Leslie – came forward alleging Cosby had sexually assaulted them. However, Cosby reportedly never showed up to an after-show meet-and-great that he was expected to attend.
Moritz claims Cosby forced her to give him a blowjob backstage at The Tonight Show in 1971. ‘He took his hands and put them on the back of my head and forced his penis in my mouth, saying, “have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways,”‘ Moritz told TMZ, adding that she plans to file a civil suit.
“The stories are getting more ridiculous,” Cosby’s lawyer Marty Singer said about Moritz’s allegations. “Now this woman is claiming that something occurred more than 40 years ago and that while she was waiting in the dressing room to appear on the Tonight Show, my client forced his penis into her mouth. I think people are trying to come up with these wild stories in order to justify why they have waited 40 to 50 years to disclose these ridiculous accusations.”
The other woman, Angela Leslie claims Cosby assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 1992. According to Leslie, Cosby asked her to act drunk as if she was auditioning for an acting job. Eventually Cosby got naked and pressured Leslie to give him a handjob. “He masturbated with my hand. I wasn’t pulling back. I was in shock,” she told the Daily News. Leslie’s account is almost exactly like an account given by Barbara Bowman, one of the original 13 alleged Jane Doe victims who were prepared to give testimony in a 2005 civil suit introduced by another alleged victim Andrea Constand. That case was settled out of court. Therese Serignese, also one of the original 13 Jane Does, recently came forward as well.
Renita Chaney Hill claimed today that she, too, was a victim of inappropriate sexual contact with Cosby. Hill claims that when she was 15 years old, she carried on a four-year relationship with Cosby, wherein she regularly would accept alcohol from Cosby and he would touch and kiss her. She would often wake up in a bed, not remembering anything after she drank, Chaney claims. Chaney says she’s not sure if she was ever raped.
There were 13 Jane Does listed in Andrea Constand’s original 2005 suit with Tamara Green also named as a witness. In addition to those 15 women, new allegations from Janice Dickinson, Joan Tarshis and the aforementioned Moritz, Chaney and Leslie have surfaced over the past few days. On Nov. 18, news also surfaced that Lachele Covington filed a police report in January of 2000, alleging sexual misconduct against Cosby while she worked on The Cosby Show. That brings the number of sexual allegations against Cosby to 21. This number doesn’t include Carla Ferrigno, who recently claimed Cosby tried — but failed — to sexually assault her in 1967.
Cosby has been married to his wife Camille since 1964.