Cosby comedy gigs to go on in midst of swirling allegations

Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:31pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - All three of Bill Cosby's live comedy shows in November will proceed as planned, venue organizers said on Thursday, despite mounting allegations from multiple women saying the comedian sexually assaulted them decades ago.

Cosby will perform Friday in a sold-out show in Melbourne, Florida, while a Las Vegas show and an engagement in Yakima, Washington are still scheduled for next week.

Cosby, 77, has never been charged and his lawyers have called the allegations that have resurfaced in recent weeks "discredited" and "defamatory."

Three networks nevertheless scrapped Cosby shows in recent days, dealing new setbacks to his career comeback.

NBC canceled a project in development with Cosby while Netflix postponed a stand-up comedy special. TV Land pulled reruns of "The Cosby Show" from its schedule.

Therese Serignese from Florida is the latest woman to appear in media describing how Cosby drugged and assaulted her.

Serignese told a television station she met Cosby in 1976 in Las Vegas, where he invited her to a party and gave her pills. "My next memory is feeling drugged and him having sex with me," she told WPTV.

Cosby's representatives did not respond to requests for comment.   Continued...

Actor Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York April 6, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson