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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Despite protests, Cosby takes stage in US

Before Saturday's show at the Buell Theatre, one woman held a news conference at a hotel in the city to accuse him of sexually assaulting her in 1986.
Beth Ferrier said Cosby put drugs in her coffee when she went to see one of his shows in Denver. She said the next thing she remembered was waking up hours later in the back of her car "practically naked." Ferrier has previously said she was assaulted by Cosby. Ferrier went public on June 23, 2005, alleging that as a model in New York in 1984, she met Cosby and they had a brief affair.
 The 77-year-old comedian is facing sexual assault accusations from at least 15 women, with some of the claims dating back decades. He has denied the allegations through his lawyer and has never been charged with a crime. Cosby is slated for two shows in Denver. On Friday, Cosby performed at a packed show in Pueblo. About 25 demonstrators gathered outside that show, chanting "no means no" and "Colorado believes the women." But inside the venue, the crowd warmly welcomed Cosby.
100 people chanting "Rape is not a joke!" and "No means no!" have protested outside a Denver theatre before embattled comedian Bill Cosby took to the stage.  

Making his first appearance in Pueblo since a 1996 show at the Colorado State Fair, he was embraced by a mostly middle aged and older crowd. On Thursday, Cosby released a statement thanking his fans and saying he's ready to perform in Colorado. "I have thousands of loyal, patient and courageous fans that are going to leave their homes to enjoy an evening of laughter and return home feeling wonderful," he said. "I'm ready!" He finished his statement with references to his "Fat Albert" character's trademark line and to his 2013 television special - "Hey, Hey, Hey - I'm Far From Finished." Cosby is scheduled to continue his tour on Sunday in Turlock, California.

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