It doesn’t seem that the recent covering of sexual assault allegations is stopping Bill Cosby from telling his jokes. Starting this week, Cosby is expected to hit the stage for three shows during a stop in Ontario, Canada.
The promoters of Bill Cosby’s three shows in Canada next week said Friday the comedian’s representatives informed them he has “every intent” to do them and they are legally obligated to put them on. Chicago-based Innovation Arts & Entertainment said in a statement it understands the decision is unpopular but it and the venues are obligated to proceed and that “we would face crippling legal obstacles for violation.” More than 15 women have come forward since November claiming to have been drugged, sexually assaulted or both by Cosby, who has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations. As controversy has grown, Cosby’s scheduled Netflix concert special was canceled and NBC scrapped a new Cosby sitcom in development.The 77-year-old Cosby is scheduled to appear at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener, Ontario, on Jan. 7; at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, on Jan. 8; and at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, on Jan. 9.”As recently as this morning, IAE has been informed by Mr. Cosby’s representatives that he has every intent to perform these events,” the statement said.
It has also been reported that a women’s group plans to protest the Ontario shows.