2 More Women Join Defamation Suit Vs. Cosby
As drama swirls around former 'Cosby Show' cast member
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2015 10:37 AM CST
In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

(Newser) – Two more women have accused Bill Cosby of defamation, joining the lawsuit filed by Tamara Green. All three women have accused Cosby of sexual assault and are now saying he's lied, thus hurting their reputations by denying those allegations. Linda Traitz and Therese Serignese are the women joining the suit, Traitz tells CNN, which puts the number of Cosby's accusers at "at least 23."

The news comes two days after Keshia Knight Pulliam, aka The Cosby Show's Rudy Huxtable, was fired from Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday's episode because, as Donald Trump told her, she caused her team to fail at a charity task when she refused to ask Cosby for a donation. She said it was simply because she hadn't talked to Cosby in a long time, Us reports, and Trump later tweeted that the episode was recorded before the sexual assault allegations made recent headlines. And on Today yesterday, Pulliam reiterated that her refusal to call Cosby had nothing to do with the allegations. "I can't speak to" those, she said. "All I can speak to is the man that I know and I love."