THREE more women stepped forward Wednesday with accusations that comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them.
The fresh accusations were made public by a flight attendant and two actresses who appeared in movies, television and theatre.
They are represented by attorney Gloria Allred, who held a news conference in Los Angeles to announce the new allegations and to let the women describe their encounters with Cosby.
More than 30 women already have accused the 78-year-old comedian of sexually assaulting decades ago. Many of the women have told similar tales of being drugged before the assaults took place.
Cosby has never been charged with a crime and has denied any wrongdoing.
One of the women who came forward Wednesday, Eden Tirl, worked on TheCosby Show, a hit US television family comedy in which Bill Cosby starred from 1984-92. The other actress, Linda Ridgeway, appeared in movies in the 1970s. They joined former flight attendant Colleen Hughes at the news conference.
Allred said the women did not speak out at the time they were victimised because they blamed themselves, feared they would not be believed or feared retribution.
“They realize their silence is helping Mr Cosby and harming [otheraccusers],” she said. “We are not finished yet. These [will]not be the last three to come forward.”
Tirl said the assault occurred in 1989 on the set of The Cosby Show. She said he whispered, “we were going to make love” while she and Cosby were in a locked dressing room.
Ridgeway said Cosby did not drug her during the assault, which she said took place in an office and involved him grabbing her long hair behind her head and shoving his penis into her mouth.
Hughes said her encounter with Cosby took place in the 1970s. She said she was drugged during her encounter, which took place at a hotel after she met him on a flight.
Cosby, a comedian and actor best-known for playing beloved television patriarch Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has admitted under oath that he got quaaludes in the 1970s for women with whom he hoped to have consensual sex.
That admission was from a 2005 deposition, which was taken in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff alleged that Cosby doped and groped her.
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.