More and more women have been coming forward with stories about how they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby, but that didn't stop the crowd at the King Center in Melbourne, Florida, from giving the 77-year-old comedian a standing ovation yesterday (November 21).
Neither Cosby nor the audience addressed the snowballing accusations last night, reports the New York Times. But a few audience members did express their support: "We love you, Bill Cosby!" they shouted. Cosby responded with a fist pump.
Protestors gathered in front of the venue as attendees streamed in. One carried a sign reading, "Rape is no joke."
The show was sold out, but apparently some people who bought tickets didn't show up. Empty seats could be seen among the crowd.
Cosby has maintained his innocence, calling the accusations "innuendos" in an interview with "Florida Today" before the performance. His attorney Martin Singer also declared the allegations "unsubstantiated, fantastical stories."
Both Netflix and NBC have pulled upcoming Cosby projects, while TVLand has canceled reruns of his long-running sitcom "The Cosby Show," reports the Times.
“When those kinds of people start pulling the plugs, there's a problem somewhere,” said William Colbourn, an Orlando resident who ultimately decided not to attend last night's show.