Cosby's show nixed in
Washington state after sex assault claims
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[November 25, 2014]
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."
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With NBC and Netflix also dropping projects with the comedian, the
allegations have threatened Cosby's wholesome public image and
future in show business.
Still, amid the allegations, Cosby performed a show in Florida last
week without incident, and told a local paper ahead of the
performance that he does not have to "answer to innuendos."
The show went ahead despite the cancellation of the comedian's Las
Vegas performance this week and four other shows in Arizona,
Illinois, South Carolina and Washington state next year.
Cosby has two more shows on Dec. 6 in Tarrytown, New York, that are
planned to go ahead, and 28 performances scheduled through May next
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(Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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