Bill Cosby loses Las Vegas show after sex assault claims

Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:24pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy and Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby and a Las Vegas casino on Friday called off a show scheduled for next week, in another blow to his career after several women publicly alleged the entertainer sexually assaulted them decades ago.

The cancellation, along with two other shows in Arizona and Illinois next year, show the allegations are damaging Cosby's wholesome public image and threaten his future viability in show business.

Officials at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas said the show was canceled "by mutual agreement" and they would offer ticket refunds, but did not elaborate on the reason Cosby's show was pulled or its financial cost.

Cosby, 77, still has more than 30 performances scheduled through May next year, including a sold out show on Friday in Melbourne, Florida.

Orlando-based Real Radio 104.1 host Shawn Wasson of "The News Junkie" program is asking people attending Cosby's Friday show to ask the comedian about the allegations and film his response.

"We're asking people to stand up and demand an answer, not for them to be impolite or cause any trouble, but to for them to stand up during the performance and take Bill Cosby to task in the name of these women," said Wasson.

The best footage of Cosby responding to questions about the allegations Friday night will be rewarded with $1,000 and numerous prizes being offered by listeners, Wasson said.

Cosby has refused to address questions about the allegations as more women come forward saying he forced himself sexually upon them, some accusing him of drugging them before.   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