Bill Cosby takes to the stage in Denver as 100 protesters chant ‘Rape is not a joke’

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Bill Cosby takes stage despite protest over sex-assault claims.

DENVER — Bill Cosby performed to a welcoming Denver audience, despite a protest by some 100 people chanting “Rape is not a joke!” and “No means no!” outside the theater.Bill Cosby took the stage in Denver on Saturday night to applause, the latest show for the comedian who vows to continue on in his career despite mounting allegations of rape. The first of Cosby’s two performances Saturday came after a woman held an afternoon news conference at a nearby hotel to accuse him of sexually assaulting her in 1986.

Beth Ferrier said during the gathering called by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred that Cosby put drugs in her coffee when she went to see one of his shows in Denver. “I cannot tell you how horrific of a feeling that is,” she said, adding that the next thing she remembered was waking up hours later in the back of her car “practically naked.” Ferrier, 55, has said previously she was assaulted by Cosby. Entertainment industry experts believe it could signal a last-ditch attempt by Bill Cosby to preserve the reputation he built over the course of six decades. “When you look at the way Bill Cosby has just continued to perform,” Variety co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein told CBS News, “it suggests either that he’s kind of tone deaf to what is going on here or simply chosen to persevere in hopes that perhaps he could beat this by just hanging in there.” Bill Cosby has been particularly vocal about his latest accuser, 24-year-old Chloe Goins.

She claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted her at a party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, but Cosby said he can prove that he was in New York at the time. “That would be positively tragic for Bill Cosby,” Wallenstein said. “On the other hand, in the court of public opinion, it almost doesn’t matter. It’s as if there’s been so much smoke, it’s the same thing as fire.” “Dear Fans: I have thousands of loyal, patient and courageous fans that are going to leave their homes to enjoy an evening of laughter and return home feeling wonderful. I thank you, the theatre staff, the event organizers and the Colorado Community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment.” The allegations against Bill Cosby are nothing new. Cosby was welcomed to the stage during his first show with a standing ovation and hoots of “We love you Bill!” He did not make any reference to the allegations during the two-hour-long show. “I believe that if you’re not convicted of a crime, then why should you be judged?

For years women have accused him of drugging and raping them, including more than a dozen who came forward in 2004 to be part of a sexual assault case that was eventually settled out of court. All it takes is for one person to say something, then you have all these other people wanting to get their 15 minutes of fame,” he said of Cosby’s accusers. But for that time many in Hollywood and the media seemed to ignore the allegations. “People who commit these acts should be in prison,” Apatow said. “I’m not comfortable with him running around the country doing stand-up like nothing’s happening.” NBC has also cut ties with Bill Cosby, canceling a planned project with the comedian. On Friday, the network’s entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt, said he is “glad that we’re out from under that.” While Bill Cosby may be trying to continue his career, many doors in the entertainment industry are slamming shut. About 25 demonstrators gathered outside, chanting “no means no” and “Colorado believes the women.” But inside the venue, the crowd warmly welcomed Cosby.

Chloe Goins’ attorney said that his client is the first woman accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct whose case may fall within the statute of limitations.

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