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Bill Cosby Ignores Rape Allegations in Stand-Up Set as More Women Come Forward

After decades of dodging rape allegations, Bill Cosby continues to think ignoring the issue will make the accusations go away.

Sadie Gennis

After decades of dodging rape allegations, Bill Cosby continues to think ignoring the issue will make the accusations go away.

On Thursday night, the comedian performed stand-up at The Atlantis Bahamas for a sold-out show as though everything was normal. Us Weekly reports Cosby was welcomed by the crowd for the performance, which was held to support The Links, Incorporated, an international women's organization.

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"He interacted a lot with the audience," one audience member told the magazine. "At one point someone's cell phone rang and he said to tell them 'I'm not here,' which caused the audience to laugh. He appeared not to be bothered by what's going on with him in the media although he did not attend the meet and greet post-show reception."

Though Cosby never mentioned the rape allegations on stage, he did discuss his relationship with his wife, Camille, towards the end of the show. "He said, 'Camille and I have been married for 50 years.' He flashed his wedding band for the audience to see and this gesture was welcomed by the audience," the source said. "His last piece was dedicated to his wife and their marriage."

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Earlier Thursday, more women came forward accusing the star of sexually assaulting them. Carla Ferrigno, the wife of The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno, detailed a story in which she says Cosby attempted to assault her when she was only a teenager. And one of the 12 anonymous women who had agreed to be witnesses in Andrea Constrand's 2005 case against Cosby publicly identified herself as Therese Serignese and told her story to The Huffington Post.

Serignese says she met Cosby when she was 19 in 1976, when he invited her into his green room and gave her two white pills after a show in Vegas. "The next memory I have was I was in a bathroom and I was kind of bending forward and he was behind me having sex with me," Serignese said. "I was just there, thinking 'I'm on drugs, I'm drugged.' I felt drugged and I was being raped and it was kind of surreal. My frame of mind was that it would be over soon and I could just get out of there."

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest actress Louisa Moritz also told TMZ about an incident in 1971 where she says Cosby attempted to force her to perform oral sex before an appearance on The Tonight Show.

Cosby came into Moritz's dressing room and "implied that he was going to see to it that I will become a major star through his direction," Moritz told the site. Then Cosby "suddenly approached me and took out his penis, which was now in the line of my face and pressed up against it," Mortiz continued. "He took his hands and put them on the back of my head and forced his penis in my mouth, saying, 'Have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways.'"

As Cosby left her dressing room, Moritz says he told her, "Now you don't want to upset me and the plans for your future, do you?" Moritz had kept quiet about the alleged assault until now and though the statute of limitations has run out, she plans to file a civil suit against Cosby.

Cosby's lawyer, Marty Singer, denied Moritz's story and attempted to smear her character, implying that her failure to once file quarterly reports means she fabricated the story of sexual assault. "We've reached a point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous."  Singer said. "Mortiz is a lawyer who was disciplined by the California State Bar and ordered not to practice. We pulled the documents — she can't practice because she didn't report certain quarterly reports ... the nature of the reports is unclear from the documents."

Singer also released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter attacking Ferrigno's claims. "This continuation of a pattern of attacks on Mr. Cosby has entered the realm of the ridiculous, with a purported 'forceful kiss' at a party in 1967, nearly 50 years ago, being treated as a current 'news story' and grossly mischaracterized as 'sexual assault.' This is utter nonsense," Singer said.

Earlier this week, a woman, Linday Joy Traitz, accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting her 40 years ago in a Facebook post. Singer called Traitz's story a fake, as well, and dug up her criminal history of identity theft, drug possession and fraud in an attempt to discredit her.