Actress and noted accuser of Bill Cosby, Louisa Moritz, reportedly died last week at age 72 at her home in Los Angeles.
Moritz was best known for playing Rose in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as well as several TV appearances in the 70s and 80s and Cheech and Chong’s “Up in Smoke.” Deadline reports that she died of natural causes related to her heart at her home in Los Angeles. She was reportedly working on two books at the time of her death.
In 2014, Mortiz’s name entered the public spotlight once again when she joined a slew of other women accusing the now-disgraced Cosby of sexual assault. TMZ reported at the time that Moritz alleged she was in New York in 1971 for an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Cosby. She claims that he forced his penis in her mouth while backstage in a dressing room.
According to a statement provided to multiple outlets by her lawyer, Joseph Cammarata, her defamation lawsuit against Cosby will continue despite her passing.
“Louisa Moritz was a brave woman who stood up against a powerful Hollywood icon, Bill Cosby, in an effort to restore her good name and reputation, after he publicly branded her a liar when she made public her allegations of sexual abuse and assault by Mr. Cosby. Ms. Moritz was one of seven women who sued Bill Cosby for defamation. Despite her death, her claim against Mr. Cosby will continue in a Federal court in Massachusetts. We forward to a resolution of the case that will establish that Louisa was a ‘truth teller’, so that her legacy will live forever untarnished.”
Moritz other credits include “Love, American Style,” “Match Game” as well as appearances on “M*A*S*H” and “The Incredible Hulk.”