Three more women publicly accused septuagenarian US comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday of drugging and sexually assaulting them, bringing his alleged victims to more than 50, according to news outlet tallies.
The accusations leveled in a Los Angeles news conference followed a now-familiar storyline.
An once-aspiring pinup model, Pamela Abeyta, said she met Cosby for a weekend in 1979 in Las Vegas, blacked out at a dinner and woke up in Cosby’s bed.
Sharon Ert, who was a cocktail waitress when she met Cosby in 1976, said she had drinks with him, then blacked out and woke up in her car, her underwear missing.
Lisa Christie, a former model and Mrs America beauty queen, told of having to fight off Cosby in 1989 in a hotel room after declining a drink.
“Shame on you, mister father figure of America,” Christie said, according to news reports, at a Los Angeles press conference called by Gloria Allred, an attorney representing several of Cosby’s accusers.
Cosby, a comedian and actor best-known for playing beloved television patriarch Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has seen his career and authority as a public moralist shattered by accusations from women who have come forward with strikingly similar stories since November 2014.
Through his lawyers, Cosby has denied the allegations and has never been charged with any crime.
In a 2005 deposition in a lawsuit by a plaintiff who said Cosby doped and groped her, the TV star admitted under oath that he obtained quaaludes in the 1970s for women with whom he hoped to have consensual sex.
Cosby has admitted to using emotional manipulation and financial pay-offs in addition to drugs to seduce a number of women. Those admissions were made in depositions given by Cosby to a lawyer in 2005 and 2006.
On October 9, the actor is scheduled to testify under oath again, in a civil suit filed by a California woman, Judy Huth, who said he sexually assaulted her in 1974 at the Los Angeles Playboy Mansion when she was just 15.
Los Angeles police are investigating a criminal case against Cosby for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and sexually abused model Chloe Goins in 2008 at the Playboy Mansion.