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Did Bill Cosby Really Make A Rape Joke During His Stand-Up Gig?

'You have to be careful drinking around me.' Really?

Bill Cosby has pretty much maintained his silence during the past few months as nearly two dozen women have come forward with allegations that the legendary comedian sexually assaulted them. He's also continued to do shows on his stand-up tour, some of which have met with hecklers both inside and outside the venues.

But during a gig in London, Ontario, on Thursday night, Cosby finally addressed the situation during his set. According to The Guardian, when a woman in a seat close to the stage walked past Cosby, the comedian reportedly asked where she was going. When she replied that she was stepping out to the lobby to get a drink, Cosby said, "You have to be careful drinking around me."

While reports said the ad-lib was met with loud applause, the joke was shocking because the common thread among most of the women who've accused Cosby is the claim that they were either drugged after drinking a beverage he supplied to them or given unidentified medication that sedated them before the alleged assaults. Two reporters on hand detailed the incident in tweets posted during the show.

An unidentified audience member reportedly called Cosby, 77, a rapist a short time later, which drew boos from some in the crowd. "No, no stop," Cosby said, as the man was removed from the theater.

Cosby's spokesperson released a statement after the show in reaction to the incident: "Dear fans: one outburst but over 2,600 loyal, patient and courageous fans enjoyed the most wonderful medicine that exist for humankind," it reportedly read. "Laughter. I thank you, the theatre staff (Budweiser Gardens), the event organisers and the London, ON community for your continued honour and support. I’m far from finished."

The comedian reportedly received a standing ovation at the end of the gig, which came just a day after three more accusers emerged with similar stories about alleged assaults and Cosby's former TV wife, Phylicia Rashad, spoke out in support of her co-star.