Bill Cosby’s one-man comedy shows were canceled in six cities, the latest fallout from sexual assault accusations leveled against the 77-year-old entertainer.
Cosby performed last night at a sold-out show in Melbourne, Florida, getting a standing ovation as he took the stage, the Associated Press reported. Outside the theater, one protester held a sign that read, “Rape is no joke,” the news service said.
Cosby is under siege from allegations of sexual assaults, some dating back decades. He hasn’t faced any prosecution tied to the accusations. In 2006, Cosby settled a lawsuit brought by one of the women, Andrea Constand.
Treasure Island in Las Vegas called off Cosby’s scheduled Nov. 28 performance, according to Michelle Knoll, a spokeswoman, who said the decision was by mutual agreement. The Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson canceled a Feb. 15 show. Both venues said guests who bought tickets will get refunds.
Performances in Illinois, Washington and Nevada were also canceled, according to employees at the theaters. Another performance was canceled in Florence, South Carolina, according to the AP.
The latest claims to surface have torpedoed an attempted comeback by the comedian who spent years cultivating a squeaky clean image.
David Brokaw, a Cosby spokesman, didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The comedian and actor lists events on his website scheduled through May. The cancellations by the two casinos followed a decision by Netflix Inc. (NFLX) to postpone a Cosby special and NBC’s action to halt development of a TV series.