Cosby comedy gigs to go on in midst of swirling allegations

Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:39pm 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."

As more women brought forward claims of sexual assault against the comedian, Cosby's lawyer Marty Singer said in a statement late Thursday "we are dealing with these people who are coming out of the woodwork with unsubstantiated or fabricated stories about our client."

Singer, one of the most sought-after lawyers by celebrities suffering hits to their reputation, sent Reuters statements and background information on two women, questioning their credibility.

"People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in media-driven feeding frenzy," he added.

Regardless of the veracity of the allegations, three networks have already 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.   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