Actress’ Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby Will Continue Despite Her Death

Louisa Moritz was one of the first of many women to come forward and accuse actor Bill Cosby of sexual assault back in 2014. She died on January 4 in Los Angeles, but her lawsuit against the actor is set to continue despite her death, according to a statement by her lawyer, Joseph Cammarata.

Moritz may have been one of the first women to speak out about Cosby, but she was one of many women who accused the actor of sexual assault. She also later sued him for defamation when he publicly called her a liar. Moritz shared in a video with other women that Cosby had forced her to have oral sex with him when in her dressing room as they were both set to appear on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1970. She said she was in the green room when Cosby didn’t knock and opened the door. He then walked into her room and closed the door behind him and undid his pants. She said the whole ordeal only went on for about five minutes, but it was the longest five minutes she experienced. During the segment, Cosby didn’t make eye contact with her and she said she later felt disgusted.

Since 2015, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault and he has denied all the allegations. He has called the women liars and said the acts that happened between them were consensual. Moritz and seven other women also sued him for defamation and he countersued those women. Even when she was sick, she still went to Washington to meet with her lawyer managing the defamation suit. In the statement, it says the claim against the actor will continue and the team handling it looks forward to a solution and to show that she was telling the truth so her legacy is not tarnished. Cosby is presently serving time in Pennsylvania after he was convicted of sexually assaulting and drugging Andrea Constand at his home 14 years ago. He was sentenced to three years in prison for this incident.

Moritz had been sick for about a year when she died at the age of 72. She had been in hospice care after getting an injury in Washington after a fall. She later was moved back to her home when she died.