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15 Women Accuse Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault, Allegations Persist

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Allegations from 15 Women Accuse Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault Via Wikipedia

Many of us remember Bill Cosby fondly as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the Cosby Show. Some of us older people remember him as Alexander Scott on I Spy. He was the smiling face for Jell-O and Coca-Cola for years.

It's hard to reconcile these memories with the possibility that he was someone else entirely in the lives of young women who have recently come forward with claims of sexual assault. Some of them tried to come forward in past years and were dismissed in one way or another.

Are their allegations true about Cosby being a sexual predator? Or are they false accusations about a man who is more like the good old dad he played on TV?

The stories of sexual assault are not new. They started surfacing ten years or more ago.

When comedian Hannibal Burress recently accused him onstage of being a sexual abuser, things started brewing again. When Cosby invited people to send him memes, things got ugly with memes referencing rape allegations.

Cosby has never been taken to court about the allegations of sexual misconduct. Nevertheless, more women have been coming forward with accusations.

Linda Joy Traitz said that she met Cosby in 1969 when she was a waitress in Los Angeles in a restaurant he co-owned.

She said that although she was only in her late teens he would take her for drives where he offered her drugs which she turned down. She said that he pushed her down and groped her, though she said she was not raped.

Louisa Moritz, an actress who was in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," said that Cosby tried to force her to perform oral sex while she was in a Tonight Show dressing room.

Andrea Constand was 31 in 2004 when she says that Cosby gave her medication at his home. She became dizzy, and found herself regaining consciousness with her clothes askew.

Though Cosby made no confession to wrongdoing he settled a civil suit with Constand out of court.

Joan Tarshis was 19 in 1969. She said that she was invited to Cosby's home for a drink. She recalls regaining consciousness while he was undressing her. She said this happened twice.

Cara Ferrigno was 18 years old when she met Cosby in 1967.

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