3 more women accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault

Autumn Burns (2ndL), one of three alleged sexual assault victims of comedian Bill Cosby, is comforted by attorney Gloria Allred (L) while other victims Janice Baker Kinney (2nd R) and Marcella Tate look on during a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred April 23, 2015. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Three more women have come forward alleging they are victims of Bill Cosby as the comedy legend is preparing for the final stop on his U.S. tour. Once one of America’s most beloved comedians, he has now been accused of sexual assault by more than three dozen women — but has never been charged with a crime. The women, Janice Baker Kinney, Marcella Tate and Autumn Burns, held a press conference hosted by attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several of Cosby’s alleged victims, and said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them in separate incidents between 1970 and 1982. Their stories are eerily similar to those of other women who have come forward with sex assault claims against Cosby. Cosby’s attorney, Marty Singer, has previously dismissed similar allegations by other women as “discredited” and “defamatory.” Cosby settled a 2005 civil lawsuit over sexual misconduct accusations, but he still hasn’t been criminally charged over any of the many allegations against him. He has had to cancel some of his appearances on his current “Far From Finished” live comedy tour, however. This press conference was intended to be timed with the final stop of that tour, an Atlanta show on May 2. I hope that the public will not buy tickets to his performance and that there will be many empty seats by the end of his performance,” Allred said.

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