Three more women have come forward and accused Bill Cosby of rape.
At a press conference in Los Angeles yesterday, Gloria Allred represented the accusers, who have taken a step not taken by any of the other alleged sexual assault victims of Bill Cosby:
They have demanded the comedian place $100 million in a fund for his alleged victims and permit a panel of retired judges to decide whether the women's claims hold any merit.
"It could be advantageous for Mr. Cosby to give up the statute of limitations because there is a huge cloud on his reputation and legacy," Allred told reporters.
Yesterday, a woman named Judy Huth accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1974, when she was 15 years old.
Huth, along with the three women cited here, are the latest in a very long line to claim Cosby took advantage of them sexually in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Allred said on Wednesday that a number of alleged victims have been contatcing her to determine their legal rights in this situation.
"Unfortunately, with a rare exception, I had to inform these women that it was too late for them to file a lawsuit against Mr. Cosby because of the statute of limitations," the lawyer said, explaining that Cosby could waive that statue, however.
"If Mr. Cosby believes all the women are being untruthful, then this is his opportunity to prove it. What could be fairer than that?"
The three women Allred represents - Beth Ferrier, Helen Hayes and a woman referred to merely as Chelan - all allege incidents that took place over 30 years ago.
Ferrier says Cosby spiked her cappuccino backstage at a performance of his in Denver; she passed a lie detector test about the supposed drugging in 2005.
Hayes describes Cosby as a “predator” and says he groped her breasts in 1973; Chelan says Cosby gave her a pill he claimed was an antihistamine and that she “blacked out” while he raped her.
Cosby has remained mostly quiet throughout this string of allegations.