| By MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press
MELBOURNE, FL – NOVEMBER 21: Actor Bill Cosby performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts on November 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — As Bill Cosby’s standup tour crumbled with cancellations, the embattled entertainer joked about his usual subjects of family, wives and childhood Friday to a cheering audience that greeted him with a standing ovation as he took the stage and another when he finished.
It was a stark contrast to announcements that performances in Oklahoma, Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington State, were called off as more women came forward and accused entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago.
Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations.
“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Cosby told the Florida Today newspaper after the show. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
Tom Werner, who co-founded the Carsey-Werner Company which produced “The Cosby Show,” defended Cosby in a statement to the Boston Globe.
“The Bill we knew was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television,” Werner and partner Marcy Carsey said in the statement. “These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension.”
Despite everything swirling around the 77-year-old longtime entertainer, fans filled a sold-out theater in Melbourne, Florida.
Though an announcer before the show said disruptions were possible, none ever came. A radio station had offered $1,000 to anyone who would interrupt Cosby. Instead, the comedian — wearing cargo pants and a shirt that said “Hello Friend — was greeted only by a cheering, whistling, knee-slapping audience. He never came close to referencing the allegations.
At least twice, someone shouted, “We love you, Bill Cosby.”
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Unbelievable! What about the victims? Would this audience boo them? This world is rapidly spinning towards Hell fire. God help us.
What about the victims !
Note that ALL of the alleged victims,
a) never filed a police report immediately after the alledged assault
b) instead, they all go to the media, and in all of the cases, 10, 20, or even 40 YEARS after the fact !
c) In all of the matters, the statute of limitations has run out, meaning getting a conviction will be impossible (unless he raped a Canadian, in that case, there is no time limit to proceed with an indictment).
d) in many of the cases, the victims continued to see Crosby and socialize with him, after they were allegedly raped !
What type of stupid woman would do that !
It sounds like sour grapes and/or milking a rich man to me.
These “victims” all need to be investigated for mental health and/or background checks into their own past.
@Anonymous November 22 – 8:15pm:
Have you been living under a rock for the last 50-100 years? I can’t think of any other reason why you could possibly have missed the fact that victims face huge obstacles to reporting sexual assaults and violent crimes — as evidenced by the fact that instead of supporting and believing people who say they have been victimized, you demand a standard of proof of them that you don’t extend to the alleged abuser.
Why not ask Bill Cosby if he did it instead of demanding to know why these women didn’t go to the cops or tell anyone — would you have?
“Why not ask Bill Cosby if he did it”
You may be a fox but you’re also a dumbass ! LOL
As previously mentioned. Cosby cannot be charged with any crime, the allegations are TOO OLD !