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Pittsburgh-Area Woman Sues Bill Cosby for Defamation, Abuse

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    A Pittsburgh-area woman who appeared on television with Bill Cosby as a teenager has sued him, for alleged defamation and abuse.

    A Pittsburgh-area woman who appeared on television with Bill Cosby as a teenager became the latest to sue him for defamation Wednesday, claiming he defamed her after she gave an interview detailing his alleged sexual abuse in the 1980s.

    Renita Hill's lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Cosby's publicist and attorneys didn't immediately return messages Thursday.

    The woman claims she was 16 when she met Cosby during a talent search in 1983 for an educational children's television show, "Picture Pages."

    She says Cosby hired her and soon after began flying her to cities where he was performing. There, he'd give her alcohol she believes was laced with drugs and molest her in hotel rooms.

    She also says statements Cosby issued questioning the honesty of his various accusers defamed her. 

    Cosby faces another defamation case related to sexual abuse allegations, filed by three women in Massachusetts who allege that statements released on Cosby's behalf labeled them liars.

    Cosby has never been charged with a crime, and Cosby and his representatives have repeatedly denied the allegations.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.