Bill Cosby Finds Protesters and Supporters at Florida Stand-Up Show
The comedian's lawyer says the allegations against Cosby have "escalated far past the point of absurdity"
Bill Cosby's latest stand-up show went off without a major incident, despite local radio DJs offering $1,000 to any audience member who heckled the comedian about the sexual assault allegations he is facing.
Cosby's show in Melbourne, Fla., drew supporters and protesters alike, according to social media accounts from journalists at the scene. Al Pefley, a reporter with a local CBS affiliate, tweeted photos people from both sides of the spectrum holding signs.
Tweeting from inside the show, Mashable's Brian A. Hernandez reported the show went off without any outbursts, and it began and ended with a standing ovation for Cosby. He reported there was beefed-up security at the event.
A woman just yelled "We love you, Bill Cosby" an hour and 15 minutes into the show. Still no hecklers. Extra security/police all around.— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) November 22, 2014
Bill Cosby's show ended just like it had begun, with a standing ovation that lasted more than 30 seconds. Surprised? Full story to come.— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) November 22, 2014
The Los Angeles Times' Steven Zeitchik also reported an enthusiastic audience.
If anyone in the enthusiastic audience is having their reaction colored by the allegations, they're doing a very good hiding it. #BillCosby— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikLAT) November 22, 2014
On Friday evening, Cosby attorney Marty Singer released a new statement, maintaining his client's innocence. He said the claims have "escalated far past the point of absurdity" and called it "illogical" that the women would have waited so long to say anything about them.
"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 allege they had been sexually assaulted," Singer said. "This situation is an unprecedented example of the media's breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end? It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop."