Florida woman becomes 4th to publicly allege Bill Cosby drugged, then sexually assaulted her

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is accusing Bill Cosby of drugging, then sexually assaulting her.

Therese Serignese (tur-EES SAYR’-uhg-neez) is the fourth woman in recent weeks to say Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually. She says she has no proof but claims the attack took place in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas.

Serignese says after the alleged rape, she willingly stayed with Cosby in Las Vegas for some time, but could not specify how long or whether the two had sex again during their time together. The two maintained sporadic contact until 1996.

A Cosby spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on Serignese’s allegations, but Cosby attorney Marty Singer issued statements Thursday denying allegations made by the three other women.

The 77-year-old comedian’s comeback has been collapsing in recent days as the abuse allegations resurfaced. This week Netflix said it was postponing a Cosby comedy special it had planned to air later this month; NBC as stopped development of a new Cosby sitcom and TV Land pulled reruns of “The Cosby Show” off the air.

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APPHOTO NYET453: FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, “Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, ” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, in Washington. After amassing a private collection of African-American Art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution. Temple University says Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the Philadelphia institution despite renewed scrutiny of sexual assault allegations in recent weeks. Through his lawyer, the 77-year-old comedian has strongly denied wrongdoing. Cosby has never been charged. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) (6 Nov 2014)


APPHOTO FLJC103: Nurse Therese Serignese, 57, discusses her experience with comedian Bill Cosby at her home on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Boca Raton, Fla. Serignese said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. Cosby spokesman David Brokaw did not respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) (20 Nov 2014)