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Six new Bill Cosby accusers come forward in 2 days

Eleven women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault over a period of more than three decades.

By Gabrielle Levy
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Kristina Ruehli at her wedding in 1967, left, and today. UPI/Handout
Kristina Ruehli at her wedding in 1967, left, and today. UPI/Handout

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Three more women accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault Friday, bringing the total number of women to publicly accuse him to 11.

Renita Chaney Hill, 47, Kristina Ruehli, 71, and Angela Leslie, 52, all went public with their alleged abuse on Friday, after actress Louisa Moritz, nurse Therese Serignese and former Playboy Bunny Carla Ferrigno came forward on Thursday.

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Hill said she met Cosby in the 1980s, when she was a 15-year-old model and aspiring actress. Cosby was in Pittsburgh looking for actors for his Picture Pages educational segments, and Hill got the job.

"Promises of bright lights and fame. That's where I thought I was headed, that's what everyone who knew me thought I was headed," she told KDKA.

Over the next four years, Cosby would fly Hill around the country, and she would be expected to come to his hotel room at night. Even though she was underage, Hill said Cosby gave her drinks and, she now believes, drugs.

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"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? I always thought it was odd that after I had this drink I would end up in my bed the next morning and I wouldn't remember anything."

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Hill said she doesn't know if she was raped because she so frequently passed out. By the time she was 19, Hill cut off contact with the comedian, even though he was paying her college tuition.

"It was just a horrifying feeling thinking that as a part of your dream you felt like this was something you had to endure," Hill said. "And that's why I couldn't do it anymore, and I just walked away."

And in 1965, Kristina Ruehli met Cosby when she was 22 and he came into Artists Agency Corp., the talent agency where she worked.

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She said Cosby invited her to a party at his house, but when she arrived, no one else was there.

"We went out into the kitchen. He proceeded to pour some bourbon," Ruehli told Philadelphia Magazine. I drank a bourbon-and-7 at the time. I could really hold my liquor. I'm Irish. And I had a couple of those -- just two -- and then I just don't remember much."

He must have drugged me. There is just one point at which I was having a drink and feeling normal and the next I was somehow passed out completely. He must have slipped something into my drink. It's the only way to go lights-out like that."

Ruehli said she remembers waking up in Cosby's bed. His shirt was off and pants were unzipped, and she said he tried to force her to perform oral sex.

"And it never went past that," she said. "I immediately came to and was immediately very sick. I pushed myself away and ran to the bathroom and threw up. I was feeling really ill. And I never got sick like that from alcohol, at least not that small of an amount."

She says she was able to get away and drive herself home. She never saw Cosby again in person, but was one of 12 anonymous women who came forward and agreed to testify in 2005, when Temple University employee Andrea Constand sued Cosby.

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Also on Friday, actress and model Angela Leslie told the New York Daily News Cosby assaulted her in 1992 at a hotel in Las Vegas.

Leslie said she sent Cosby a letter and photograph, and he invited her to come see him, asking her to "audition."

"If you want to act, show me what you've got," Leslie recalled him saying. "Pretend you're intoxicated."

Cosby poured her a drink -- Leslie said she sipped it and put it down -- then followed his orders to go into the bathroom and wet her hair.

"I walked back out, and he had removed his clothing and gotten into bed," she said, describing how he poured lotion into her hand and "with his hand on top of mine... he masturbated with my hand."

"I wasn't pulling back. I was in shock."

Having heard the stories of Cosby's other alleged victims, Leslie said she now thinks the cocktail was drugged, and Cosby kicked her out of the hotel room when she didn't pass out.

On Thursday, actress Louisa Moritz became the eighth woman to her name to the list of Bill Cosby's alleged victims, accusing the 77-year-old comedian of assaulting her during an appearance on The Tonight Show.

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Moritz, now 68, was the star of the 70s show Love American Style and played Rose in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. She told TMZ Thursday she was attacked while waiting to appear on Johnny Carson's show at NBC's New York studios in 1971.

She said Cosby walked into her green room, telling her how impressed he was with her work and "implied that he was going to see to it that I will become a major star through his direction."

Cosby, Moritz said, "took out his penis, which was now in line with my face, and pressed up against it."

"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 has never spoken about the incident until now. While the statue of limitations has run out, she told TMZ she plans to file a civil suit.

Cosby's lawyer, Marty Singer, called the accusation "ridiculous."

"We've reached a point of absurdity," he said. "The stories are getting more ridiculous."

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Singer moved to discredit Moritz, who went to law school and was admitted to the Bar, but is not eligible to practice law. According to documents available on the California Bar website, Moritz violated rules of professional conduct by failing to submit quarterly reports.

Moritz was the third woman to level accusations at Cosby on Thursday, and the eighth to do so publicly.

Actress and former Playboy Bunny Carla Ferrigno said Cosby grabbed her and kissed her while at his home in 1967, and nurse Therese Serignese said she was drugged and raped by Cosby in Las Vegas in 1976.

They join Andrea Constand, director of operations at Temple University's basketball team, actress Barbara Bowman, music industry publicist Joan Tarshis, model Janice Dickenson, retired attorney Tamara Green and 10 other women who remain anonymous.

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