Cosby's show nixed in Washington state after sex assault claims

Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:51pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy and Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Embattled comedian Bill Cosby's show in Yakima, Washington state, has been canceled, venue organizers said Monday, in the latest of several cancellations following decades-old sexual assault allegations that have surfaced in recent weeks.

The Capitol Theatre said all ticket holders to the show, scheduled for Saturday, would receive refunds and the show has been postponed indefinitely.

Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut also said they had indefinitely postponed a performance by the 77-year-old Cosby, scheduled for Jan. 31.

The comedian has not directly addressed the accusations but his attorneys have said they were "discredited" and "defamatory."

Cosby's publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the most recent cancellations.

More than a dozen women have come forward in recent weeks with allegations that Cosby sexually assaulted decades ago, and in some cases, drugged them.

Therese Serignese, a Florida woman, said Cosby assaulted her in 1976. Model Janice Dickinson, the most high-profile accuser, alleged in an interview with the "Entertainment Tonight" TV program that Cosby had sexually assaulted her in 1982.

The actor's sudden fall from grace has jolted generations of Americans who knew him as an actor who broke race barriers on TV over the last 50 years, most notably as the admired father, Dr. Cliff Huxtable, on the hit NBC comedy, "The Cosby Show."   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