Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Calls Allegations ‘Ridiculous,’ Blames Media Frenzy

Bill Cosby's Lawyer Calls Allegations 'Ridiculous,'
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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.”

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  1. aethena says:

    Ever watch the movie Doubt? Meryl Streep has you ready to crucify the priest for molesting a boy. Watch it and then think about the Cosby story.

  2. me says:

    Whether rape accusations are true or not, Marxist-feminists can’t have a positive black male role model telling people in the ghetto to take responsibility for themselves. They will lose their armed proletariat if such role models manage to inspire the inner-city folk to better their lives with upward mobility. Lot of political and financial motivations behind accusers here!

  3. Rob Vollat says:

    Ridiculous accusations being thrown from every direction at Bill Cosby, directly after he has been exposing truth of the fallibility and down right lies about the safety of the chemical cocktails found in vaccines. It is clear this is a campaign designed to discredit Bill and to scare any other public figure who actually wants to discuss a real topic. Shame on all of these false accusations. Why now is my question to anyone who believes these stories; Why not when Bill was at the top of his game? Why not when Bill actually stood to loose something; It’s not like he has a nightly television show. If these cases were real, they would have acted in the 80’s or 90’s when the hush money alone would of been in the 10’s of millions. The ridiculousness of these claims is reaching a pinnacle; does anyone remember the morals Bill Cosby instilled in every one of his television programs? Bill, stay strong brother.

  4. The truth says:

    Singer=shameless, rapist enabler. What a POS.

  5. gooby says:

    Singer is just a sheister.Shameless.

  6. Allen says:

    16 different allegations? I wonder if Hollywoods elite will come to his defense same as Roman Polanski. His lawyer states that it’s ridiculous to think that all these women would come out after so many years. Women have been accusing Cosby of crap like this for decades. No different then all those children abused by priest who later as adults were still reluctant to tell the horrific accounts. It doesn’t matter how old he is not how long it’s been. If his cleaner than soap and lovable extrerior was a farce, he should be exposed and held accountable. It’s just way too many unrelated women for this to be false. He deserves due process like everyone else but, he should be punished if he’s guilty. Pure and simple.

  7. I just watched the host and guests on MSNBC give Cosby a pass by suggesting he should “apologize” to the females (some were minors) and “seek sex addiction therapy” for DRUGGING and RAPING them.

    APOLOGIZE? Because he is black and famous he should just apologize?

  8. VetJack says:

    Interesting that the media, everyone, et. al., has convicted Cosby yet Bill Clinton gets a pass every time, every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Alex says:

    When you have over a dozen women charging “America’s Dad” of rape, of course you’re going to have a media frenzy. A couple of them may be lying, but most of these women are credible. Thus the frenzy.

  10. Rcolon says:

    Where are Sharpton and Jackson claiming racism? Oh, that’s right he spoke up against black peoples behavior, so I guess he’s open game!

  11. Master Blaster says:

    Bill: how long did you think you’d be able to get away with it?

  12. sonotaliberal says:

    And this is Cosby’s punishment for wisely saying that blacks cause their own problems in response to the michael brown shooting. I wonder how enlightening it would be to know the politics of those who decided to come forward 30 and 40 years later to claim rape.

  13. Jim Lively says:

    So every single one of these people are past the statue of limitations. Interesting.

    I would like to say, that I do not believe that ALL of these women were victims.

    However, there are a few that have settled out of court. I would like to know what they settled for, and why they even settled at all over a charge as serious as this. Something does not add up. DID something happened and he paid you a pile of money to make it go away? If so, then you sold out and have no right to any kind of accusation now. You had him, and then said it everything was OK to a court of law, for what?

    And yet, there is something else that does not add up either. By now, if these allegations are false, then Cosby should be filing a multitude of defamation of character lawsuits, and yet he isn’t. Again, something here just seems wrong.

    So in reality, there is indeed an untold story I am sure. However, the book on it was closed, willingly, by these women, many years ago. Unless they are willing to disclose what they settled for and why, as far as I am concerned, the scale is still slightly skewed in Cosby’s favor.

    And if they sold out for cash, or other Hollywood favors, in a way, that makes them just as bad as him.

    So whats it going to be ladies? Put up or shut up.

    • Allen says:

      I wonder if it were your sisters or mom if you’d feel like this. He deserves his day in court but, let’s not justify his actions because someone settled out of court. People settle for different reasons. Especially in high profile rape cases. Think about it. These women have lives, jobs, families, etc…the fear of reliving it all to only create a media circus alone is enough for many to shy away from coming out. As with a lot of these multiple offenders, sometimes they feel more comfortable as part of a group rather than to be the only one. Cosby has plenty of money and power. He doesn’t need you defending him as well. Let’s see were this thing goes.

    • Alex says:

      Most celebs settle out of court because they don’t want dirty laundry that has nothing to do with THAT case to come out.

      • Rob Vollat says:

        It is hard to toss allegations around as to why they would settle out of court; usually they have no case what-so-ever against the client, in this case Bill Cosby and are looking for a quick pay off. As to avoid monetary damages on his then current programming, he was advised to pay them off.

  14. bob says:

    “You don’t really need to find out what’s going on,
    You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone,
    Just leave well enough alone, eat your dirty laundry.

    Kick ’em when they’re up – Kick ’em when they’re down”

  15. Kevin says:

    What a hypocritical farce the MSM is…they are whipping themselves into a frenzy over a 77-yr-old icon based on 30 year old gossip…and yet…a blockbuster documentary detailing CURRENT child molestation by hollywood power brokers is on everyone’s mind and the media is close to hiding it.
    What a bunch of cowards.

  16. Got Someskin says:

    If only the Media showed some journalistic integrity and investigated the same allegations against Billy Jeff Clinton..

  17. Virginia says:

    It’s the same thing with Herman Cain!!! Democrats are such pukes!!

  18. Arthur W. says:

    Because ad hominem attacks ever work…cough* Bill Cosby’s Lawyer* cough

  19. Hopsaregood says:

    Lets face it, the only reason for all the news coverage now is that Cosby has spoken out about blacks taking responsibility for their actions. This fly’s in the face of the Democrat Plantation strategy. Their strategy justifies things such as Ferguson and the Democrat Plantation Master taking care of the chillun.

  20. The accusers are a little late with their accusations. The time to come out was when the supposed
    acts happened. It seems publicity is the reason now.

  21. BadWhisky says:

    Remember here a few years ago the Cos came out and told black that many of their troubles were self inflicted? Well welcome to the way the liberal hit machine works.

  22. Jimbo96 says:

    Has anyone considered this a politically motivated attack to destroy Cosby as the thorn in the side of those who make a living off of keeping racial strife alive and their fiscal coffers filled. He has been effective in chastising the, so-called, leaders of the Black community…calling them on their hypocrisy and pointing it out for all to see…he was effective in getting his message out and this seemingly well orchestrated campaign to discredit him is suspiciously timed. Thirty year old, non substantiated charges that were pretty much all dismissed in the past as unprovable brought up now. Sorry, but my cynical old self smells Chicago style politics…

  23. Mrs LIbnish says:

    Oh Puhlease. These women were awestruck that Cosby would give them the time of day, back then. THAT’s why they didn’t speak out.

    Now, lamestream media is putting him on trial and these crazy broads are jumping on the bandwagon. I hate to tell you Bill, since this isn’t working, get ready for an IRS audit next!

    • Hopsaregood says:

      IRS audit is the least of his worries now. Herr Holder probably has every organ of the federal investigative power in use to find anything on him. He does not know it yet but he is toast. Obama and Holder will see to that.

  24. thunderbolt says:

    15+ women with the same or similar stories about alleged sexual exploitation by Cosby. Hmmm? Somehow I give some credence to the women.

  25. Maxwell says:

    The timing and sudden re-interest by the Media in this 30 year-old Cosby rape story was designed to knock their liberal hero Lena Dunham from headlines and social network discussion.

    Nothing has changed in these Cosby allegations, it’s only growing more ridiculous with people like Moritz claiming Cosby raped her with promises of industry influence back in 71, or being ‘forced’ to kiss Cosby in 67 by Carla Ferringno, this piling-on by women which may have been embarrassed by having consensual sex and not getting rewarded, feeling empowered by making claims 30 and 40 years later.

    If charges and complaints weren’t filed at the time when evidence and proof was available, it didn’t happen, this Lena Dunham mentality that ‘after talking with friends 10 years later’ I think I was raped is criminal in itself.

    • Goddess says:

      Yes, 15 women that all waited 30 years to come forward. You would think at least 2 or 3 would have said something sooner ? Fun how they ALL waited till the statue of limitation ran out so they would not have to prove anything ?

    • Keitho says:

      At worst these sound like instances of women giving sexual favours in return for help in advancing their careers. When did that become a crime?

      Oh, of course, BC is a conservative black man and so must be destroyed. Pathetic.

  26. jiminhouston says:

    It seems strange that these women come forth after more than thirty years and just happen to speak up when Obama using his constitution shredder and the looters are standing by to riot. A black conservative is always fair game.

  27. gene says:

    Clarence Thomas had ONE accuser who’s story was soooo suspect that she was threatened with a perjury charge by LIBERAL legislators if she did not get her story and facts straightened out. Now with Cosby there are over a dozen women and I am sure there will be more. NO ONE believes these women? This is so political, it is nauseating.

  28. greatnesslostislegend says:

    Cosby speaks against the Black victim Democrat Party machine. He interferes with income people like Jackson and Sharpton fleece off of useful idiots that make up the bulk of their support. Is it any wonder they are taking a “Cain” to him.

  29. Perhaps it would be easier for women to come forward who haven’t been raped by Bill Cosby.

  30. Cosby is a target of the new “Smear Shop” industry out of DC. These are groups with a mix of Progressives from the PR and media industry. Their targets are high profile conservatives. They are well organized and well funded. They move in like a swat team and launch their character assassination campaign. Then manipulate high profile businesses, organizations, and individuals to publicly alienate them; turn it into a topic and sound bite the media is happy to run with. When the truth finally comes out that the public has been scammed – the media (gladly) won’t report it – damage done – goal accomplished. These Smear Shops do long term planning jobs like Cosby’s, and ‘rapid-response’ jobs like Adian Peterson.

    • Rob Vollat says:

      On Adrian Peterson; I was whipped with a switch multiple times a week and it never hurt me. The crazy glazed over look in their eyes that the news reporters had when discussing how a child could ever be disciplined with a switch made me sick. How many millions of us were disciplined the same way?

  31. jimmieM says:

    well speak out against the liberal progressives and this is what you get…I am surprised that they haven’t “found” some women willing to say these things about Dr. Carson…but I am sure they will find some if the good doctor gets in hillerys way…the women get paid, and they get to be a “star” for a little bit.

    • Dave says:

      Mr.Cosby is being destroyed in the press before any of the details and allegations can be confronted. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  32. Svingali says:

    You better not make Lou Hulkster angry…that’s all I got to say about it…

  33. Rick says:

    More women are stepping up because they smell money! Thought there was something about “innocent until proven guilty”
    Must be another freedom Obama is doing away with..

  34. Louis Gamber says:

    So when was Bill Cosby a slave?!?

  35. Well, there are a lot of accusations going around. Which, in itself, doesn’t prove a whole lot but it’s STILL the lawyer’s job to deny all charges and declare his client’s innocence, it’s what they are paid to do. However, I would hardly blame this on some “media frenzy”. Now, the Ferguson riots and those terrorist “protesters” … THAT is the result of a media frenzy, where no facts existed yet, at the start, but the media instantly played the race card, whipped everyone up into a froth, and now none of them even accept any of the facts in the case, they only support the myth and lies.
    So, we’ll see what happens with Mr. Cosby.

  36. joan says:

    The women wanted to use Cosby for fame and fortune and he wanted to use them for sex. What’s the problem?

  37. Nanny Mo says:

    Well if we learned anything from Anita Hill, proof isn’t important (although I’m starting to think he really did do it; too many ladies are coming out), it’s the nature of the allegation that is important, not proof. The sad thing for me is that I can’t watch Bill now without thinking about these women. Perhaps it’s time for him to retire.

  38. putupjob says:

    It would appear that he does good things and bad things.
    This many accusations are almost a sure sign of wrongdoing.
    I, in the preponderance, believe the women who claim to be victims.

  39. Maud St James says:

    I find it extremely interesting that although some of these charges are decades old, they never came to light until Mr. Cosby became very outspoken in praise of conservatism.

    • putupjob says:

      I think the accusations are based on wrongdoing.
      This was his weakness that was sought to destroy the weight of his political comments.
      If one attacks the powerful standing order, the powers that be will use the weakness of the individual to destroy them.

  40. Suzette says:

    Confused…why not the same treatment for Bill Clinton ? There were numerous accusations of sexual harassment and at least one allegation of rape, going back many years, just like Cosby. Then a very public extra marital affair with a young intern in the WH, lying under oath, followed by impeachment and being disbarred. But Clinton continues to be a celebrity and applauded at fund raisers.

    • Kaptain Kanada says:

      Bubba Clinton is a left-liberal, so he gets a free pass no matter what he does, just like Ted Kennedy and his vile clan of rapists did. This is all about POLITICS and the fact that Cosby has been openly opposing the “civil rights” establishment which is destroying black American society.

  41. Britus says:

    Easily resolved, let Cosby sue them for libel, if he is innocent

  42. Chuck Laroue says:

    I am sickened by the feeding frenzy of the media and the rush to pile on by some rather dubious alleged victims. If they were so offended why has it taken decades for them to come forward? Is it the fact that they get national attention by the media whores? Is it because the expect to make money by besmirching the reputation and character of Mr. Crosby?
    Have we sunk so low that mere allegations are sufficient proof in the court of public opinion.
    What happened to due process, the rule of law and innocent until proven guilty? Media ratings at all cost, the circus must go on, who is the next sacrificial lamb?

  43. Roy Galutia says:

    I and I don’t think other posters know one way or the other the truth in this situation …Hollywood is sometimes a very fickle place and those that enter it become tainted with its temptations …you can walk in clean and innocent and in a couple years be covered with all its sin….Cosby may or may not have allowed himself to succumb to those temptations . He has presented a relatively clean image on stage and off stage and a proponent of healthy family values in the Black community …If indeed he allowed him self to succumb ,it is sad in that it take away from the causes he championed …my preference is to let God Judge him …. the Black community needs all the positive role models it can get…

    I suspect if you looked behind the doors of other Hollywood personalities Black or white ,you find a huge percentages of them with issues far more grievous than Crosby’s …

  44. Enigma says:

    Um, not trying to stir up a Shi’ite storm, but why they heck do more than half of you commenters makes this a political, democrat/republican issue? Seriously?

    Are you still reeling from a previous article or something? Because, that ain’t it – it’s simple did Cosby behave inappropriately, sexually. Simple, see?!

    • Suzette says:

      Many us get tired of the media telling us what/who is ok, and what/who is not: Suddenly Cosby is NOT ok. But Bill Clinton is STILL ok. Both are high profile men. Why is one ok, and the other not ok ? Because the media decides.

  45. Mary Stevens says:

    It is not a media frenzy. It is a liberal, Whitehouse, Dickk Holder directed frenzy, because Cosby is for traditional values, and personal responsibility. Sucks to be decent these days don’t it?

    • Conrad Burns says:

      Excellent. Exactly right on. Don’t you dare go against the democRAT plantation mentality if you are black.

      • Nick Peril says:

        Exactly? What’s next, blaming bad weather or stubbing your toe on politicians you don’t like? Go outside, get some air, something, because your brains are deprived of some vital nutrient(s).

  46. Joe Cocker says:

    Martin Singer will say anything for money.

  47. Ebola Jenkins says:

    “You see, it’s the PEE PEE and the POO POO and then the POKEMON with the Puddin’ and then the TURTLE POPS OUT…”

  48. Pippa says:

    There is NO difference between Cosby and Clinton! Remember all of the so-called “bimbo eruptions”: Paul Jones, Jennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broderick, Monica Lewinsky, etc., etc., etc.! Clinton defenders called it his “private life.” Why the double standard?

  49. Bob DeMan says:

    He’s right!

  50. John Smith says:

    k, does anyone remember the Black Conservative Presidential Candidate who was besmirched by this kind of Democrat S**t?????? This looks a lot like that kind of attack, but because Cosby has always been an enemy of the NAACP and other environs of the Liberal Left; I was actually waiting for things ike this kind of attack. I remember the moment that the Black Conservative withdrew from Presidential consideration… Suddenly, all of the Attacks stopped…… Could we expect anything more from the democrats

    • petronella says:

      Herman Cain would not have flushed this country down the toilet like BHO is doing to us. The left regarded Cain a threat and was brutal to him. Dr Ben Carson will be a target also and he will get my vote in 2016.

    • I met Cosby at the Sizzler salad bar in 1976 in Reno. I remember going to his room and taking a pill. He said he would make me a big star and then forced his manhood down my throat. I saw him about 29 more times and he violated me in every hole I had. He’s a monster.

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