Bill Cosby is asking for a check of the facts when it comes to the mounting calls from women that the actor and comedian raped them dozens of years ago. As the embattled Cosby once again makes the stand-up tour circuit, he’s receiving mixed reactions from people, though his shows continued to be sold out and the former Dr. Huxtable has been getting warm welcomes to the stage.
Writes Yahoo TV on Nov. 22: “After weeks of silence, Bill Cosby finally opened up about his rape allegations during his Melbourne, Fla. stand-up show at the King Center on Friday, Nov. 21. The actor-comedian gave a brief response to the sexual assault claims while backstage.”
“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” the 77-year-old comedian said. “People should fact-check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
Cosby also spoke about recent efforts by a Florida radio station to bribe paying customers at Cosby’s stand-up shows to heckle the accused rapist. “The plan is to confront Cosby and force him to address the rape allegations that he has dismissed time and time again,” said Florida radio personality Sabrina Ambra to Mashable. “We’re calling this ‘Operation: Cosby Spartacus.’ We’re doing this in hopes that multiple people in the audience will do what the mainstream media has failed to accomplish.” The station offered up to $1K per confirmed, video-recorded heckle.
In response, Cosby said: “The thing is, these people are prodding and pushing people and asking people to have a frat house mentality. Now suppose someone brings a weapon or decided to do more foolishness,” adding that “there will be announcements made and the stations made some disclaimers, but what if people don’t listen to what they said and they entice violence. That’s not good for anyone.”
Last week, in his first stand-up routine since the rape allegations starting surfacing, Cosby received a standing ovation when he entered the stage. In the recent days prior to Cosby delivering that routine, three additional women came forth with accusations that Cosby had sexually assaulted them, something that Cosby’s lawyer has labeled “absurd.” Cosby has already seen NBC and Netflix pull the plug on planned projects.
Per Bill’s lawyer Marty Singer: “We’ve reached the point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous,” he said. “People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy.”
The legendary Cosby has been married for 50 years and has five children, but as recent as 2006 he settled with a Philadelphia woman who claimed Cosby drugged and raped her at his home in the Philly suburbs. Cosby has been hit with allegations over three decades, but has never been formally charged. Fourteen women have said Cosby raped them. When asked by NPR radio on Nov. 15 about the rape allegations, Cosby refused to say a word, opting to sit in the studio in silence and shake his head.
Sound off below: So you think Cosby raped over a dozen women? What do the so-called “facts” say?