Bill Cosby tells stories to a crowd during his standup act at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas on Thursday.
*Two more women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of having inappropriate relationships with them. The news comes on the heels of his performance to a “packed house” in the Bahamas, and the cancellation of two forthcoming standup dates due to his mounting allegations of sexual assault.
Angela Leslie, a model-actress, tells the New York Daily News that Cosby sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel in 1992, having her massage his penis and possibly trying to drug her.
Another woman, Renita Chaney Hill, told Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate that she had a four-year relationship with the comedian when she was a teenage model in the 1980s.
Actress-model Angela Leslie tells the Daily News Bill Cosby forced her to fondle him in a 1992 sexual assault in a Las Vegas luxury hotel suite
Leslie, 52, says Cosby targeted her after she sent him a letter and photograph. After Cosby summoned her to his room, he tried to stage an impromptu audition for the aspiring actress. He poured her a stiff drink, which she couldn’t take any more than a sip of and later thought he put something in there to knock her out, and told her to pretend she was drunk.
“If you want to act, show me what you’ve got,” Leslie recalled Cosby saying.
He asked her to go the bathroom and wet her hair and when she returned, Cosby had stripped naked and gotten into bed, she said.
The comedian began rubbing against her, she says, before pouring lotion into her palm and pulling her hand under the blankets.
“With his hand on top of mine, he had me massage his penis,” Leslie said. “He masturbated with my hand. I wasn’t pulling back. I was in shock.”
He then had her leave, with Leslie concluding that he got tired of her.
“I didn’t drink the alcohol, and maybe since I didn’t pass out, he decided to get rid of me,” Leslie said.
“I felt so used,” she added. “I felt that he didn’t get what he wanted, and he threw me out. . . . He didn’t make me feel special in any way. He said, ‘Come here, put your hand here, do this.’ ”
A former actress who now works in logistics management, Leslie says she decided to come forward after hearing other accusers’ stories.
“I just feel he’s been too quiet, not saying anything, not apologizing,” Leslie told The Daily News. “He’s trying to pretend these girls are lying. It’s frustrating. He is that type of person, a predator. It doesn’t matter your age, he’s going to put his hands on you and degrade you.”
Renita Chaney Hill
Hill, a Pittsburgh resident who says she first met Cosby as a 15-year old who wanted to break into acting, also said she was coming forward publicly after hearing Cosby’s camp attack the other alleged victims.
The now 47-year-old woman told the Pittsburgh CBS station that her modeling agency referred her to perform on Cosby’s Picture Pages, educational segments that were filmed in Pittsburgh.
The role led to a four-year relationship with the comedian, who flew her around the country, including New York and Atlanta. “He would be busy during the day, then I’d come to his hotel room at night,” she said. “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?” Then the teen began to realize what was happening, she says. “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.”
Renita Chaney Hill back in the day
Hill says she doesn’t know what happened when she was unconscious. “It just felt weird to me, and I remember being in high school saying to him, ‘I’ll come see you, but I don’t want to drink because it makes me feel funny,’” Hill said. “And he would tell me that if I didn’t drink, I couldn’t come see him.”
She cut ties with Cosby and her connections to acting when she was 19, despite the fact that 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.”
Kristina Ruehli in her 1967 wedding photo (left); Bill Cosby in a 1969 publicity photo; Kristina Ruehli today (right)
Another woman to come forward in the last 24 hours is former talent agency secretary Kristina Ruehli, 71, now a New Hampshire grandmother to seven.
She tells PhillyMag.com that in 1965 she went to Cosby’s home for a party, but she was the only guest. She says he drugged her and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.
Leslie, Hill and Ruehli now join fellow alleged victims Andrea Constand, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Janice Dickinson, Therese Serignese and Carla Ferrigno, wife and manager of The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno.
Cosby has denied allegations of assault via statements from his reps and attorneys. His lawyer, Martin Singer, on Thursday released a statement calling the rash of new accusations “ridiculous.”
“We’ve reached the point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous,” Singer said. “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 controversy has led to NBC scrapping a planned series with the comedian and Netflix postponing a comedy special. TV Land has also stopped airing repeats of “The Cosby Show.”
As for his standup gigs, Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas announced today it will no longer feature Cosby in a Nov. 28 show.
Michelle Knoll, senior vice president of communications at Treasure Island, said in a statement that “by mutual agreement” the show has been canceled. Ticket holders will be issued refunds.
“It wasn’t a good time” for the performance, Knoll told the AP.
The Diamond Desert Casino in Tucson announced that it has cancelled Cosby’s appearance scheduled for Feb. 15.
Cosby did, however, perform Thursday night at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and the show seemed to be well-received.
According to TMZ, he performed to a packed house. “Cosby killed it and got a standing ovation,” the website reported. (View clips from the show here and here.
A show set for Friday night in Melbourne, Fla., is still going on as scheduled. At press time, he was slated to perform at least 35 shows between now and May 2015.