On Thursday, the attorney for Bill Cosby slammed the numerous accusations of sexual assault against his client, saying the five-time Emmy-winner has been the victim of a “media-driven feeding frenzy.”
“People are coming out the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories about my client,” Martin Singer said in a lengthy statement. He also released the criminal records of one of Cosby’s alleged victims, Linda Joy Traitz, which includes charges for criminal fraud and possession of several drugs, including cocaine, Oxycodone and marijuana.
“This continued pattern of attacks has entered the realm of the ridiculous,” he said.
The statement came shortly after three new accusers came forward on Thursday claiming that Cosby assaulted them years ago, including Lou Ferrigno’s wife, a “One Flew Over the Cuckcoo’s Nest” actress and a nurse in Florida.
68-year-old Louisa Moritz, who played Rose in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” told TMZ late Thursday that Cosby forced her to perform oral sex on him in 1971 before an appearance on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”
According to Moritz, she was waiting for her appearance in the greenroom when Cosby knocked on her door. After he implied “that he was going to see to it that [she] will become a major star through his direction,” she said he forced oral sex on her.
Moritz, like other accusers, said she kept her story to herself until the recent accusers came up.
Singer issued a statement on Thursday specifically targeting Moritz accusations, attacking her credbility.
“We’ve reached a point of absurdity,” the statement reads. “The stories are getting more ridiculous. 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 credibility of these stories is belied by the fact that Ms. Moritz claims that she is now a practicing lawyer, according to her official website and her iMDB page, but she is actually prohibited from practicing law after she admitted violating the Rules of Professional Conduct in her legal practice and was disciplined with public reproval by the State Bar to protect the public.”
Carla Ferrigno told Rumorfix that Cosby forcefully kissed her in 1967 when she was a teenager.
“He attacked me,” she said. “He grabbed me.”
She said she told no one of the encounter, but eventually confided in her husband five years ago.
The other accuser to come forward on Thursday, a Florida nurse, says the comedian raped her in 1976, according to the Huffington Post.
Therese Serignese, a 58-year-old nurse from Boca Raton, Fla., said she met Cosby 38 years ago when she was 19. She says she was headlining a show at the Las Vegas Hilton, where she met Cosby at the Hilton gift shop while looking at jewelry with her sister.
“Somebody came up to me and put their arm around my neck from the back and said: ‘Will you marry me?'” Serignese told HuffPost. “And I turned around to see who it was, and it was Bill Cosby.”
Serignese claims she was escorted to the greenroom after the show by one of Cosby’s people. Once she and Cosby were alone, he pulled out two white pills and a glass of water, telling her to “take these.”
“The next memory I have, was, I was in a bathroom and I was kind of bending forward and he was behind me having sex with me,” she said. “I was just there, thinking ‘I’m on drugs, I’m drugged.’ I felt drugged and I was being raped and it was kind of surreal. My frame of mind was that it would be over soon and I could just get out of there.”
After the incident, Serignese said she felt she could not go to the police because she blamed herself.
“How did I let that happen?” she said. “You blame yourself. You now are a victim; you’re embarrassed. Nobody would have believed any of us if we stood there back then in the ’70s and said that [Bill Cosby had assaulted us].”
She did, however, confide in her mother, who encouraged her to call Cosby in hopes that he might take care of her. The comedian put her up in a penthouse at the Hilton for three weeks, but reportedly kicked her out after she feared she was pregnant.
Serignese maintains that she continued contact with Cosby for years after, and reached out to him around 1985, after she had gone through a divorce. She says Cosby went to Michigan, where she lived at the time, and she called him to go see his show. He apparently sent a limo to take her to the show, and she said he “assumed” they were going to have sex. When asked if he had given her drugs during this encounter, she said he intimidated her.
“I would say he made me take drugs,” she said. “I really don’t think that I ever had consensual sex with him, ever. It was an intimidation thing; it was a vulnerability. I put myself in the wrong place many times and then I paid the consequences.”
After sustaining a car accident in 1996, she said she accepted two payments from Cosby, including a check for $5,000 from his agent. But she did not come forward with the accusations until she heard of Andrea Constand’s 2005 lawsuit, where the former director of operations for the Temple University women’s basketball team accused Cosby of drugging and molesting her in 2004.
Constand’s lawsuit alleged that 13 women were ready to come forward with stories of sexual assault at the hands of Cosby. Serignese says she was one of those woman, having called the Philadelphia police department to testify after she heard about it. Cosby settled the civil suit in 2006.
Serignese is only the latest woman to come forward with allegations targeting Cosby. Most recently, former supermodel Janice Dickinson came forward and said the comedian sexually assaulted her in 1982. Last week, Barbara Bowman detailed in an op-ed in the Washington Post her struggle with alleged sexual assault at the hands Cosby.
The PR fallout has continued to escalate since the claims resurfaced, spurred in large part by comedian Hannibal Buress bringing up the allegations during a stand-up bit in October. NBC has dropped a comedy project with Cosby and Netflix has postponed a stand-up special with Cosby that was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving.
On Thursday, “Cosby Show” producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner issued a statement about the allegations.
“The Bill we know was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television. These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension,” they said.
The Cosby team has stayed relatively silent amid allegations — with Cosby going completely silent during an NPR interview when asked about the claims — and issued a statement last week in denial.
“Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced,” the statement reads. “The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”