Bill Cosby Does First Public Performance Since Sexual Assault Allegations
Disgraced Comedian and actor, Bill Cosby, performed his first stand up show since the sex scandals, at the LaRose Jazz Club, Philadelphia. And it was all for a good cause.
Apparently the gig was a charity event to honor drummer and jazz great Tony Williams, proceeds would be used to help raise money to buy musical instruments for children in need. However most of the attendants were old aged men.
The entertainer who joked about his blindness while fueling criticism from social media, marked his first show since 2015. This comes a few months ahead of an April retrial for an alleged 2004 sexual assault in Philadelphia.
“Let me tell you something about people talking to blind people, you sighted people,” Cosby said. “If you see a blind person walking into a pole or something, if you speak perfect English, there’s a word called ‘Stop!’ Not ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!'”
The Cosby Show veteran was accused of molesting and drugging Andrea Constand at his suburban home in 2004 and went to trial in 2017. The jury failed to reach a verdict, hence the retrial in April.
Mr Cosby denies all allegations and says any encounters with his accusers, including with the Canadian woman he faces trial for assaulting, were consensual.
Cosby took the stage for about an hour where he told stories, honored old friends and finished by leading the band in a set, first using his mouth to scat in place of a missing horn section and then taking a turn at the drums.
While handing the drumsticks off to the 11-year-old son of the bass player, Cosby asked if the boy knew who he was and then told him.
“I used to be a comedian,” Cosby deadpanned.
The former comedian received a little backlash over the show with some saying they would never attend even if it was free.
If you gave me front row seats to see Bill Cosby I'd burn them. #BillCosby
— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) January 23, 2018
Bill Cosby doesn’t deserve a good crowd on his big comeback show so I really hope everyone from the shows I did tonight are in his audience.
— Dan LaMorte (@DanLaMorte) January 23, 2018
It's criminal that Bill Cosby is a free man. Whoever buys a ticket to his comedy show should be ashamed.
— Fohtohgirl (@fohtohgirl) January 23, 2018
100% he drugged and raped many women, and sought to do the same to many others, some of whom are friends of mine, whose personal accounts I have heard. I LOVED the Cosby Show. He’s caused enough damage. Who is gonna go to the show in Philly and laugh? Who? https://t.co/W45lCgN3b9
— Laura Silverman (@LauraJSilverman) January 23, 2018
To date, roughly 50 women have accused Cosby of being a serial sex offender dating back to the mid-1960s.