Embattled entertainer Bill Cosby returned to the stage last night (Jan. 7) for the first time since November, performing for a two-thirds full crowd in Ontario's Kitchener. According to the Associated Press, there were security guards and police officers stationed inside and around the theaters, presumably to guard against possible hecklers and the protestors outside.
Cosby has been at the center of allegations that he displayed inappropriate and unwanted sexual behavior, up to and including assault, toward as many as two dozen women since the 1970s. This week alone, three more women added themselves to the list of those making accusations against Cosby.
While the AP reported that no audience members heckled Cosby during his show, there were certainly protestors stationed outside the theaters with homemade, impassioned signs. Some read, "Rape is not a joke."
Cosby is next scheduled to perform tonight in London.