Last Update on November 21, 2014 08:06 GMT
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida woman has become the fourth in recent weeks to make a rape allegation against Bill Cosby. Therese Serignese (tur-EES' SAYR'-uhg-neez) is a nurse who lives in Boca Raton. And she says back in 1976 -- when she was 19 -- she met Cosby in a hotel gift shop. She says the comedian invited her to his show and afterward he gave her some pills that made her feel groggy. Serignese says her next memory was her being in a haze, naked and with Cosby having sex with her. The woman says she willingly stayed with Cosby after the alleged assault, but couldn't say how long she was there or whether they had sex again during their time together. She also acknowledges that she stayed in touch with him over the years. In one instance, her sister contacted the comedian asking for financial support after Serignese was hurt in a car accident.
Serignese says she was among those who offered to tell their story in a case in which a woman claimed Cosby raped her, using a similar approach. That case was settled out of court.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the woman's claims mirror those of other women who accuse Bill Cosby of rape.
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Therese Serignese says Bill Cosby first approached her when she was eyeing items in a hotel gift store. ((longer version of cut in wrap))
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Therese Serignese says Bill Cosby raped her after giving her drugs. ((longer version of cut in wrap; note length of cut))
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One crisis management expert says the Bill Cosby situation is a textbook case of a celebrity in need of damage control. And Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl) suggests that so far, the comedian is failing to win support for his side of the story. Dezenhall says with all the allegations of sexual assault swirling around Cosby, he'd have to prove that he is innocent to survive the rape allegation scandal. So far, Cosby has refused to comment on the situation, though his attorney has dismissed most of the claims as old and disproved. Dezenhall says the problem is compounded because Cosby has had such a wholesome image -- and these claims are seen as out of character with that image.
Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says Bill Cosby would have to prove his innocence to survive the scandal over rape allegations.
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Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl), CEO, Dezenhall Resources, and author of "Glass Jaw"
Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says the scandal of the rape allegations is a challenge Bill Cosby does not know how to handle.
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Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says one big reason the rape allegations have become such a huge scandal is Bill Cosby's celebrity as a loveable father figure.
<<CUT ..009 (11/21/14)>> 00:15 "and very moral"
Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says the Bill Cosby scandal is more shocking than some celebrity scandals because of his upstanding image.
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Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says Bill Cosby probably can't resolve the scandal with an apology like he might if it involved an extramarital affair -- which the public is very willing to forgive.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- After getting a warm welcome in the Bahamas for a show yesterday, Bill Cosby returns to the U.S. tonight and will likely get an idea how fans will respond to the rape allegations that have been swirling around him. He is due to play a gig in Florida tonight. During the performance in the Bahamas, Cosby did not mention the allegations, sticking to telling jokes and stories about growing up in Philadelphia. There were few empty seats in the small theater and no protests outside. The performance at a resort was a benefit for a women's service organization.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Temple University says Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the school -- despite the renewed attention given to rape allegations against him. The comedian attended the Philadelphia school and has served as a trustee since 1982. His Temple ties are strong. He's the most famous alum and often speaks at commencement, drawing huge cheers. It was also a former Temple employee who claimed he drugged and fondled her at his home near Philly. In the case, which was settled out of court, Cosby was represented by the head of the Temple trustees board.
UNDATED (AP) -- Julia Roberts is among the stars praising late director Mike Nichols. She tells The Hollywood Reporter that Nichols was her "most cherished friend" and that his "jokes were timeless and perfectly placed." Steven Spielberg says Nichols had "uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real" and that in a room full of people, he was "always the center of gravity." Kevin Spacey says it was Nichols who gave him a start and was "one of the best observers of life." Nichols died Wednesday night in New York at age 83. During his career, he won an Oscar, several Emmys, a Grammy and nine Tony Awards.
Szaroleta reports the actors who worked with director Mike Nichols are remembering him fondly.
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Mike Nichols, director
Mike Nichols said in a 1996 AP interview he turned to directing after starting as a performer because he liked being in control. ((longer version of cut used in wrap))
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Dustin Hoffman in a scene from "The Graduate," directed by Mike Nichols.
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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a scene from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" directed by Mike Nichols.
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Robin Williams and Nathan Lane
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in scene from "The Birdcage," directed by Mike Nichols.
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Mike Nichols said in 1996 that he didn't mind being overshadowed by up-and-coming directors.
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Mike Nichols said in 1996 that he was always 'the director' -- even when he and his wife, Diane Sawyer, were in their car.
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Back in 2001 Mike Nichols reflected on the fine line between tears and laughter.
KELSEY GRAMMER'S DAUGHTER - MISS GOLDEN GLOBE
November 21, 2014 08:06 GMT
Today is Friday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2014. There are 40 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 21, 1864, a letter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln expressing condolences to Lydia Bixby, a widow in Boston whose five sons supposedly died while fighting in the Civil War. (As it turned out, only two of Mrs. Bixby's sons had been killed in battle; also, historians are not certain that Lincoln actually wrote the letter.)
On this date:
In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1861, Judah Benjamin, who had been acting Confederate Secretary of War, was formally named to the post.
In 1922, Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
In 1934, the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes," starring Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney, opened on Broadway.
In 1942, the Alaska Highway, also known as the Alcan Highway, was formally opened at Soldier's Summit in the Yukon Territory.
In 1964, the upper level of New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island, was opened.
In 1969, the Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth, 55-45, the first such rejection since 1930.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt (buh-ZAHRDT'), revealed the existence of an 18-1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
In 1974, bombs exploded at a pair of pubs in Birmingham, England, killing 21 people. (Six suspects were convicted of the attack, but the convictions of the so-called "Birmingham Six" were overturned in 1991.)
In 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 1989, the proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
In 1991, the U.N. Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt to be Secretary-General.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, trying to mend relations with Latin America, pledged during an economic summit in Chile to make a fresh push for stalled immigration reforms. Iraqi authorities set January 30, 2005, as the date for the nation's first election since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. Six Wisconsin hunters were shot to death by Chai Soua Vang, an ethnic Hmong immigrant who was later sentenced to life in prison.
Five years ago: The Senate voted 60-39 to open debate on health care legislation. An explosion at the Xinxing coal mine near Hegang city in China killed 108 miners. The University of East Anglia, in eastern England, reported that hackers had broken into a server at its Climatic Research Unit. (The hackers posted hundreds of private e-mails and documents online, stoking debate on whether some scientists had overstated the case for man-made climate change.) The shimmering, white glove Michael Jackson wore when he premiered his trademark moonwalk dance was auctioned off for $350,000 (plus $70,000 in taxes and fees) at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square.
One year ago: Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate's hallowed filibuster tradition, clearing the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama; Republicans warned Democrats would regret their actions once political fortunes were reversed and they could no longer block appointments made by a GOP president. Fifty-four people were killed in a supermaket roof collapse in Riga, Latvia. Three women were freed after being held captive 30 years in a south London home.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Joseph Campanella is 90. Country singer Jean Shepard is 81. Actor Laurence Luckinbill is 80. Actress Marlo Thomas is 77. Actor Rick Lenz is 75. Singer Dr. John is 74. Actress Juliet Mills is 73. Basketball Hall of Famer Earl Monroe is 70. Television producer Marcy Carsey is 70. Actress Goldie Hawn is 69. Movie director Andrew Davis is 68. Rock musician Lonnie Jordan (War) is 66. Singer Livingston Taylor is 64. Actress-singer Lorna Luft is 62. Actress Cherry Jones is 58. Rock musician Brian Ritchie (The Violent Femmes) is 54. Gospel singer Steven Curtis Chapman is 52. Actress Nicollette Sheridan is 51. Singer-actress Bjork (byork) is 49. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chauncey Hannibal (BLACKstreet) is 46. Rock musician Alex James (Blur) is 46. MLB All-Star player Ken Griffey Jr. is 45. TV personality Rib Hillis is 44. Rapper Pretty Lou (Lost Boyz) is 43. Football player-turned-talk show host Michael Strahan (STRAY'-han) is 43. Country singer Kelsi Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 40. Singer-actress Lindsey Haun is 30. Actress Jena Malone is 30. Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen is 29. Actor-singer Sam Palladio is 27.
Thought for Today: "Never confuse motion with action." -- Ernest Hemingway, American author (1899-1961).
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