Malcolm-Jamal Warner talks about Bill Cosby allegations

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

Malcolm-Jamal Warner says it’s difficult to see Bill Cosby face allegations of sexual assault. DENVER (AP) — The director of Denver’s Arts & Venues department says nearly 40 percent of the tickets originally purchased for Bill Cosby’s comedy shows in the city were returned for refunds.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. Warner, who played Cosby’s son, Theo, in the hit 1984-92 sitcom ‘‘The Cosby Show,’’ told Billboard magazine that the comedian has been an important mentor and friend to him. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1zxAuWF ) Kent Rice told the city council this week that patrons requested refunds for 1,200 of the 3,100 tickets sold — or 38.7 percent.

But he said that it’s as painful to watch Cosby face the allegations as it is to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, ‘‘whether true or not.’’ ‘‘The Bill Cosby I know has been great to me and great for a lot of people. What he’s done for comedy and television has been legendary and history-making,’’ Warner said. ‘‘What he’s done for the black community and education has been invaluable. Cosby performed to a welcoming Denver audience, despite a protest by about 100 people chanting “Rape is not a joke!” and “No means no!” outside the theater. The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart.

The out-of-court settlement between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7 crash in which a Wal-Mart truck slammed into a limo van carrying Morgan and others home from a show in Delaware. Morgan, the former ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ and ‘‘30 Rock’’ star, suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident, according to his lawyer.

A handwritten notebook by Alan Turing, the Nazi code-breaking genius depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Oscar-nominated ‘‘The Imitation Game,’’ is going on the auction block.

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