Embattled actor and comedian Bill Cosby, 77, has been forced to put his stand-up comedy shows on hold after many venues canceled his performances following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against the once loved star.
On Wednesday January 7, Cosby took the stage for the first time since November in Kitchener, Ontario after ten other North American shows had been canceled.
Although there were protesters outside of the venue who held signs reading, “Rape is no joke” and shamed those going to the event, the performance went on uninterrupted and Cosby even received a standing ovation at the end.
The performance at Centre In the Square was two thirds full for Cosby’s show and at the end he declared he “had a wonderful time” and later spoke to the fans through NBC News stating, ” [I wanted to] personally thank you for giving me the opportunity to bring laughter back into your lives tonight.”
He then added, “Also, I would like to applaud all of you and give you a standing ovation for respecting yourselves, the theatre, and the event organizers that produced a spectacular show for the Kitchener Community.”
Since initial allegations against the comedian began this past November, more than 20 women have now come forward accusing Cosby of drugging, raping or sexually assaulting them.
Cosby and his legal representatives have continuously denied the allegations and no criminal charges have been placed for any of the cases.
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