Bill Cosby received a standing ovation at his sold out comedy show in Florida at the King Center on Nov. 21. A small group of supporters yelled, “we love you Bill Cosby” during his show. The comedian was also cheered while performing at a charity benefit in the Bahamas on Nov. 20. The legend made no mention of the controversy during his 90 minute routine. NBC news reports that many of the attendees at the shows do not believe that the entertainer is guilty of the sexual assault allegations. “I think the things that have come up now is just nonsense,” said Nathan Rigaud, who said he was one of the first to buy tickets.
Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer released a statement on Friday that said: “The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.” TMZ posted a rap sheet for accuser Linda Joy Traitz who has a long criminal history including id fraud, theft, battery and drug offenses. Cosby’s lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ … Traitz is “the latest example of people coming out of the woodwork with unsubstantiated or fabricated stories about my client.” The list of Cosby accusers continues to grow.
The Guardian spoke to a small group of protestors and supporters at the Melbourne event. “The accusations are 30 years old,” said Judi Schatte from Rockledge. “It’s the same people as before. They couldn’t prove it back then when they did an investigation and they can’t prove it now. People just want money from him.” Dottie Lyne, 82, said: “I think the accusations are ridiculous. We really do believe in him. And if you saw him tonight, you would too.” Wendy Daly took it upon herself to stand on the corner, shouting “Innocent until proven guilty!” at passing cars. Daly, a 50-year-old hospice provider from Melbourne, clutched a sign reading “Welcome Mr Cosby. We Believe in you”, and a stuffed doll depicting Dr Seuss’s the Grinch who stole Christmas.“The media should not step in with negative stories just for the sake of ratings,” she said.
It was officially announced that NBC scrapped plans to produce Bill Cosby’s new sitcom on Wednesday, Nov.19. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the project was abandoned due to several rape allegations against the comedy legend. Netflix has also postponed a comedy special that was supposed to air over the Thanksgiving holiday. Two networks are continuing to air Cosby show re-runs including Centric and Aspire which have an African-American demographic.
Cosby was slated to perform Las Vegas’ Treasure Island Hotel on Nov. 28 and the Diamond Desert Casino in Tucson, Arizona on Feb. 15 until the shows were cancelled. Former supermodel Janice Dickerson is the first celebrity who claims to be a victim of sexual assault. She gave an exclusive interview to Entertainment Tonight on Nov. 18. Janice described graphic details to reporter Kevin Frasier. “I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”
Janice Dickerson submitted a photo she took of Bill Cosby in a patchwork bathrobe to TMZ. She claims that the photo was taken before she was sexually assaulted. However, the picture only proves that she saw Bill Cosby in a robe because she did not report the alleged incident to the police and did not have a rape kit administered. She claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982 after a dinner in Lake Tahoe.
Janice Dickerson made another appearance on Entertainment Tonight on Friday, Nov. 21 to comment on Cosby’s standing ovations during his comedy tour. That’s disgusting,” Janice replied. Dickerson has problems with her credibility after she claimed that she conceived a love child with Sylvester Stallone who was the father of her daughter. Janice also publicly bashed Sylvester Stallone again when she claimed that she saw him injecting steroids and injected them into her without permission.
Fox News reports that Stallone’s representative told the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column, “Janice Dickinson lied about the origin of her child, and she’s lying about this.” Dickinson and Stallone were briefly engaged in the early 1990s, Page Six says. She found out she was pregnant and told the actor he was the father, but DNA tests proved that producer Michael Birnbaum was the father of her baby girl. Stallone immediately dumped her. A pal of Stallone told Page Six, “These are just more desperate lies from a desperate woman.”
Bill Cosby has not commented publicly but has released statements through his attorney. “Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true … There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.”