Bill Cosby Jokes About Sex Scandal During Canadian Stand-Up Show (Report)
"You gotta be careful about drinking around me"
As Bill Cosby faced his first hecklers over his mounting sexual assault allegations during his Canadian tour, the embattled comedian reportedly poked fun at the growing scandal during a Thursday night date in London, Ontario.
The National Post newspaper reported that Cosby at one point during his Budweiser Gardens appearance asked a woman exiting the front row where she was going. When she said to get a drink and would he want one, Cosby reportedly replied "I already have one," pointing to a bottle of water next to him on stage, before adding, "You have to be careful about drinking around me."
That reply apparently brought gasps from the audience, before a round of applause. Some of the nearly two dozen women who stepped forward in recent months to accuse Cosby of sexual assault decades ago allege they were drugged by the former sitcom star.
Blackburn News reporter Ashton Patis on her Twitter account recounted another audience member at one point calling out "You are a rapist," after which Cosby told the audience to "stop yelling" and to be patient. Other reporters in the London, Ontario, audience tweeted that the heckler was quickly ejected from the theater by security guards.
Cosby performed the first of his three Ontario concerts on Wednesday night in Kitchener with a protest outside Centre in the Square theater, but without any hecklers during the concert performance, as had been predicted. He will close out the Canadian swing of his North American tour on Friday night in Hamilton.