A lawyer for Louisa Moritz said her lawsuit against Cosby would continue after her death. She was 72

By Ale Russian
January 30, 2019 01:40 PM
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Actress Louisa Moritz, famous for her role opposite Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, died last week, her rep told The Blast. She was 72.

The actress died from natural causes related to her heart, according to the representative. Moritz played Rose in Cuckoo’s Nest, one of the women who Nicholson’s characters sneaks into the mental institution. The 1975 film won five Oscars including best picture.

Her death comes four years after she added her name to the now over 60 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and misconduct. She alleged he forced her to perform oral sex on him in a dressing room on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1971.

“Louisa Moritz was so full of life, talent, and she was a genius with a 6th sense for making money,” her rep Edward Lozzi told The Blast. “Her parties in Mt. Olympus in the 1980’s were wild and most popular with actors, producers, models, make up artists, set directors, stuntmen…all of the categories. Her support of the Motion Picture Home and animal rights groups was heavy.”

He continued, “Her 100’s of TV and film roles will keep her memory alive with her fans forever. Her support of other women who accused Bill Cosby of rape will keep her with us for years to come.”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Moritz began acting after immigrating to New York in the 1950s from Havana, Cuba. Though she’s appeared in several TV shows and movies (including 1978’s Up in Smoke), the actress got her real-estate license and became a successful realtor in Los Angeles after her career slowed down. She was also a lawyer who registered for the California State Bar in 2004 before she was disbarred in 2017.

A lawyer for the late actress said her lawsuit against Cosby would continue after her death.

“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,” her lawyer Joseph Cammarata told The Blast. “Ms. Moritz was one of seven women who sued Bill Cosby for defamation.”

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He continued, “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.”

Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison by a Pennsylvania judge in September, five months after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee in his mansion in 2004.