Cosby Accuser Claims Sexual Abuse Began In High School, New Lawsuit States

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 10/16/2015 | 01:15 PM EDT

Woman claims the comedian sexually abused her for years

Bill Cosby is battling yet another lawsuit from a woman who claims the comedian sexually abused her for years, starting when she was just a minor in high school.

According to documents obtained by TheWrap, Renita Hill is suing Cosby for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She says the abuse, which allegedly lasted for four years, began when she took an interest in being his co-host for his educational show "Picture Pages."


From TheWrap:

[The suit] was filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania and claims Renita Hill met Cosby when he was searching for a co-host for an episode of his 1984 educational show 'Picture Pages.' According to Hill, after choosing her as a co-host, Cosby presented himself as a mentor, requesting that she travel to see him at locations where he was performing, such as Atlantic City, New York City and Denver.

Hill, who at the time was Renita Chaney, claims that when she would arrive at a hotel during these trips, and there would be an alcoholic beverage waiting for her to consume. Later, the suit claims, she would be summoned to Cosby’s room, where the comedian would tell her to drink a glass of wine. Most of the time, Hill claims, she would lose consciousness after taking the drink and later wake up in her room 'oftentimes nude, disheveled, confused and disoriented.'


'[I]t soon became clear to Renita that she was being assaulted and taken advantage of during these occasions, and that she was not just 'blacking out' from alcohol intake,' the suit reads."


When Hill got the courage to refuse the drinks, she claims Cosby said she wouldn't be allowed to visit him anymore "and his reported tutelage of her would end."



Due to her alleged experiences with Cosby, Hill says she "has suffered and may continue to suffer pain, suffering, mental anguish and embarrassment, as well as a loss of earnings and earning capacity."

She is seeking unspecified damages.


Cosby currently stands accused of drugging and/or sexually assaulting more than 50 women over the span of four decades. He has never been formally charged.


The star recently sat for a deposition in a sexual battery case brought from a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted in 1974. The contents of the deposition will remain sealed until at least Dec. 22, when a judge will review the testimony and consider attorneys' arguments.


(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation)

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