Bill Cosby’s TV son defends him as ‘great to me’

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1,200 have requested refunds for Bill Cosby’s Denver shows.

The actor who played Bill Cosby’s son on The Cosby Show has spoken up amid the controversy surrounding sexual-assault allegations against the comedian.Nearly 40 percent of the tickets originally purchased for Bill Cosby’s comedy shows at the Buell Theatre were returned for refunds, according to Kent Rice, executive director of Arts & Venues Denver.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo on the hit sitcom, said in an interview with Billboard that it was “painful” to watch what’s happening to his former TV father. “He’s one of my mentors, and he’s been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor,” Warner said. “Just as it’s painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it’s just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this.” Warner is the most recent Cosby Show cast member to speak out amid the dozens of assault allegations against Cosby. Ticket-seller Ticketmaster said it has been forwarding refund requests to show promoter AEG Live Rocky Mountains, which has promised they will be fulfilled despite complaints of delays. “You call up, and the initial word isn’t, ‘Here’s your money,’ so they think they’re never going to get them,” AEG Live marketing director Sara Williams told The Denver Post last week. “But they are.” He has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime, although the Los Angeles Police Department last week met with one accuser whose alleged 2008 incident may fall under the statute of limitations.

While Warner said he couldn’t speak on the allegations, he also said: “The Bill Cosby I know has been great to me and great for a lot of people.” Also this week, celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing seven of Cosby’s accusers, forwarded a letter of complaint to Denver City Council member Susan Shepherd regarding the protests. In the run-up to Cosby’s 8 p.m. show, Allred and the other protesters were “treated in a way that I think brings shame to the City of Denver,” she said in the letter to Shepherd — who attended and stood with Allred at the protests.

Among Allred’s complaints: she was given contradictory reasons for not being allowed to protest at the entrance of the Buell, as she had before the 5 p.m. show; witnesses saw security representatives for the Buell throwing money in the donation bucket for a pair of brass players, who were “drowning out the protestors’ freedom of speech;” and a pair of uniformed officers followed her to her car. His fellow costars Phylicia Rashad, 66, and Keshia Knight Pulliam, 35, also have since spoken up about the allegations that have tarnished Cosby’s reputation in recent months.

Rashad, who played Cosby’s on-screen wife, spoke to ABC News on Jan. 7. “This is not about the women — this is about something else,” she said. “This is about the obliteration of legacy.” Pulliam, who played Cosby’s daughter Rudy Huxtable, told Access Hollywood that she couldn’t “speak” to the claims. “Whoever is involved, those are the people who were there. Yet with skimpy leotards as her work uniform, dance pro keeps her entire body gleaming like a disco ball with a few beauty tricks. “Actually funny enough, I lather myself up with baby oil in the shower,” Hough, 26, revealed to Us Weekly. “Then I pat myself down so I always feel really smooth.” Before tending to hair and makeup, Hough begins her day with a big gulp of hydration. “My morning beauty routine is to wake up and have a really big glass of water,” she explained. “I shower, I shave with my new Venus Swirl, wash my face with Proactiv, and then I brush my teeth.” And the quick remedy for chapped lips? “I love lip balm; La Mer lip balm is my favorite.” Water, in fact, is Hough’s biggest beauty secret. “[Stay] hydrated and always drink water,” she told Us. “Have you ever seen the lady that had the comparison were she drank a gallon of water every day for a month?

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