Three more women have come forward with fresh allegations of sexual assault against embattled comedian Bill Cosby as he prepares to return to the stage for his first stand-up shows of 2015.
Top women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred introduced her latest clients, Linda Kirkpatrick, Lynn Neal and a woman named Kacey, during a press conference on Wednesday, when each woman accused the funnyman of drugging and raping them during decades-old encounters with The Cosby Show star.
Of the three new alleged victims, Kacey’s story is the most intriguing as she met Cosby while working for the actor’s personal appearance manager at leading talent firm the William Morris Agency.
She claims their professional relationship turned personal years ago when they had lunch in his suite at the Bel Air Hotel in California, where she claims she took a pill he had offered her.
She alleges she passed out and later awoke to find herself in bed beside a naked Cosby.
His attorney has denied all the accusations.
The latest claims emerge hours before Cosby hits the stage in Ontario, Canada, where he is due to resume his ongoing stand-up tour, which has been hit hard by the scandal – many shows have been scrapped over theater bosses’ fears of reprisals from activists and women’s rights groups.
Protests are planned at this week’s gigs and the actor issued a statement early on Wednesday, urging fans to remain calm if demonstrators disrupt his show.