Despite a protest by some 100 people outside the theater who shouting “No means no!” and “Rape is not a joke!” , the famous comedian Bill Cosby still performed to the audience in Denver.
On Saturday, one of two Cosby’s performances came after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1986, at a nearby hotel on an afternoon news conference.
During the gathering called by Gloria Allred, Los Angeles attorney, Beth Ferrier said that Bill Cosby put drugs in her coffee while she was at one of his shows in Denver. “I cannot tell you how horrific of a feeling that is.” – Beth Ferrier said, adding that the next thing she remembered was waking up several hours later in the back of her car being practically naked.
Beth, who is now 55-year-old, said previously that she has been assaulted by Cosby. On June 23, 2005, she went public alleging that in the early 1980s she visited New York as a model where she met Cosby and they had a brief affair. Bill Cosby is facing sexual assault accusations from at least 15 women and some of them claim that they dated the comedian several decades ago.
The 77-year-old comedian denied all allegations through his attorney and he ha never been charged with a crime. On Saturday night, a statement from his publicist was not available at first. During his first show, Cosby was welcomed to the stage with standing ovation and hoots of “We love you Bill!”
During the two-hour-long show, he didn’t make any reference to the allegations. Robert Belveal from Denver, who is 48-year-old and longtime fan of Bill Cosby, said that the protesters outside didn’t deter him from attending. “I believe that if you’re not convicted of a crime, then why should you be judged?
All it takes is for one person to say something, then you have all these other people wanting to get their 15 minutes of fame.” – Belveal said about Bill Cosby’s accusers.
The Denver Post has reported that Cosby got a standing ovation during his second show. On Friday, the entertainer performed in Pueblo, at a packed show.
About 25 protesters gathered outside, shouting “Colorado believes the women” and “No means no.” However, inside the venue, people warmly welcomed the comedian. Cosby was embraced by a mostly older crowd during his first appearance in Pueblo at the Colorado State Fair, since a 1996 show.
Bill Cosby has released a statement on Thursday, thanking his fans and saying that he is ready for the performance 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. I’m ready!” – Cosby said.
Cosby’s persistence came after demonstrators recently interrupted a handful of his shows. On Jan. 9, at Cosby’s third and final performance of Canadian tour, protesters gathered and shouted repeatedly “We believe the women.” Later they came in front of the theater as the comedian asked his audience not to react.
The day before in London, Ontario, a man at Cosby’s performance called the comedian a rapist. After a string of performances were canceled over the accusations, the shows in Canada were the Cosby’s first since November. On Sunday, the comedian is scheduled to continue his tour in Turlock, California.