Two more venues on Saturday canceled upcoming Bill Cosby performances as the legendary comedian faces mounting sexual assault allegations.
That brings the total number of canceled shows to at least seven in six states. The Broadway Center in Tacoma, Washington and the Florence Civic Center in South Carolina became the latest to give Cosby the boot.
At least eight women, most recently actress Angela Leslie, have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault. A number of the women have told similar stories—going as far back as the 1970s – alleging Cosby first drugged and then sexually assaulted them. Cosby has never been charged with a crime in connection with the allegations. Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, has hit back against the allegations, saying they have “escalated far past the point of absurdity.”
David Fischer, the Broadway Center’s executive director, said in a statement that the decision was “not intended to pass judgment on Mr. Cosby.”
“We’ve been deliberate and thoughtful in making this decision, carefully considering our many relationships and legal obligations, including those with Mr. Cosby, with ticket buyers, and with our community. The Broadway Center is a nonprofit organization that works diligently to strengthen our community’s social fabric by building empathy, furthering education, and sharing joy. Ultimately, we were not confident in our ability to meet those objectives by proceeding with Mr. Cosby’s performance in Tacoma,” Fischer added.
Ticket holders for both shows will be able to exchange their tickets for another show or receive a refund.
The actor’s recent troubles have resulted in NBC canceling its plans to have Cosby star in a sitcom. In addition, TV Land has scrapped its plan to rerun the 1980s-era sitcom “The Cosby Show” and Netflix announced it was postponing airing a Cosby stand-up comedy special.
Cosby, however, did find support during a sold-out show on Friday in Melbourne, Fla. He received two standing ovations, according to NBC News.