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Bill Cosby stand-up shows axed, new alleged vicitim speaks out

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Promoters behind embattled comedian Bill Cosby’s upcoming stand-up gigs in Arizona and Nevada have scrapped the shows in the wake of his sexual assault scandal, after an eighth woman came forward with accusations of inappropriate behaviour.

Model/actress Angela Leslie has become the latest female to go public with her alleged sexual encounter with The Cosby Show veteran, claiming he reportedly took advantage of her naivety when she was a hopeful desperate to break into Hollywood.

She reveals she was invited to Cosby's hotel suite when he was performing in Las Vegas in 1992, two years after they first met, and was asked by the funnyman to show him her acting talents by pretending to be drunk.

He allegedly handed her a stiff drink, which she suspects may have been spiked, and reportedly made her fondle him.

Leslie tells the New York Daily News, "I couldn't drink it. I tasted it and put it down. Then he asked me to go into the bathroom and wet my hair... I walked back out, and he had removed his clothing and gotten into bed...

"With his hand on top of mine, he had me massage his penis. He masturbated with my hand. I wasn't pulling back. I was in shock."

However, Leslie reveals her stay in the suite came to an abrupt end soon afterwards: "I didn't drink the alcohol, and maybe since I didn't pass out, he decided to get rid of me."

Leslie's allegations emerge days after actress Barbara Bowman penned an editorial in the Washington Post, accusing the star of raping her 30 years ago. Other reported victims, including model-turned-TV personality Janice Dickinson and bodybuilder-turned-actor Lou Ferrigno's wife Carla, have also since spoken out offering up similar stories about Cosby.

His legal representatives have continued to blast the allegations against their client, and a new statement reads: "The continuing pattern of attacks on Mr. Cosby has entered the realm of the ridiculous. People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy."

Cosby has never faced criminal charges, but reached an out-of-court settlement with a woman in 2006 after she accused him of drugging and groping her.

Cosby returned to the stand-up stage in the Bahamas on Thursday, but made no mention of the fresh wave of allegations.

However, the growing controversy has cost the 77 year old a string of jobs - a Netflix comedy special was postponed earlier this week, while a proposed comedy series on America's NBC network has been cancelled.

The ongoing fall out has also prompted casino bosses in Las Vegas and Arizona to scrap two upcoming stand-up gigs in late November and February, respectively, while on Thursday, Cosby was dropped from the board of advisers at High Point University in North Carolina.

Cosby's Friday night show in Florida was still scheduled as WENN went to press.

 


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