After months of silence amid sexual harassment accusations against him, controversial comedian Bill Cosby referred to the allegations— telling a woman in the audience at his comedy show, “you have to be careful about drinking around me.”
The sarcastic joke came after a woman in the audience seated near the front row in his stand-up comedy show in London, Ontario, stood up to grab a drink. When Cosby noticed the woman leaving her seat, the 77-year-old comedian asked her where she was headed. Finding out that the woman was about to get herself a drink, Cosby let out the sarcastic joke— in one of the very rare occasions (if not the ONLY occasion) he referred to the piling number of sexual harassment allegations that several female personalities from the entertainment industry have been claiming against him.
The sarcastic remark is expected to anger Cosby’s accusers and the people who stand by them, as more and more people show support for the women he allegedly victimized. Hundreds of protesters braved the Canadian cold outside of the Thursday show’s venue just to express their disgust over Cosby.
The women who claimed that the famous stand-up comedian sexually abused them have long demanded for Cosby to respond to their allegations, but he remained mum amid the accusations, despite the fact that the issue has become increasingly controversial.
Just minutes after Cosby made his sarcastic remark at his Ontario stand-up show Thursday, a heckler has been plucked out by Canadian police from the audience after shouting “Bill Cosby you’re a rapist”. Cosby remained composed despite the disturbance, encouraging his audience to remain patient and calm, resuming his comedy show within just a few minutes after the incident.
Cosby’s public relations firm issued a statement on the Thursday incident, saying: “One outburst but over 2600 loyal, patient and courageous fans enjoyed the most wonderful medicine that exist for human-kind. Laughter. I thank you, the theatre staff (Budweiser Gardens), the event organizers and the London, ON Community for your continued honor and support. I’m Far From Finished.”
Although Bill Cosby chose to remain silent amid the sexual abuse accusations against him, his lawyers repeatedly and directly denied all the accusations against their client. No charges were filed against Cosby despite the fact that quite a number of women have already came forward to accuse him of the crime.
Bill Cosby has three scheduled stand-up shows in Canada, and his Thursday night performance was the second in the series.