After several allegations against Bill Cosby in recent days, almost all of his shows were cancelled, but at Friday event in Florida, he was greeted with a standing ovation at one of them.
His lawyer lashed out at the media in Hollywood for making popular “decades-old events” which are “completely illogical.”
“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40 or even 50 years ago have escalated past the point of absurdity.
These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.” – Attorney Martin Singer stated in a statement.
“Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they alleged they had been sexually assaulted.
This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards … It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.” – Singer continued with the statement. Several venues in Nevada, Oklahoma, Arizona, Illinois, and others, stated they have plans to host Bill Cosby’s concerts.
At Friday this 77-year-old comedian broke his silence and he said to Florida newspaper that he shouldn’t have to defend himself against indications. “I know people are tired of me not saying anything. People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.” – Cosby said to the Florida newspaper. It is hard to tell if these allegations have affected Bill Cosby’s financials.
Even though he made a deal to develop a family comedy for NBC, Netflix has postponed a planned comedy special. Even before this scandal happened, Cosby was earning $100,000 per appearance from comedy concerts and commencement speeches, said one source close to the comedian.
However, it is almost certain that days of receiving big TV paychecks are over. “His career is over. It’s done. There’s no salvation from this. Why would anybody want to go into business with this guy now?” – said one Hollywood crisis expert.