Bill Cosby Performs In Front of Sold-Out Florida Audience despite Rape Allegations

Comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla., Friday night. (Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP)
Comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla., Friday night.
(Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP)

Embattled comedian and actor Bill Cosby says he doesn’t plan to mention allegations of sexual assault raised against him to the crowd during his sold-out performance here Friday night.

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Cosby said prior to his show at the King Center in Melbourne. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

Cosby said that recent offers of cash and prizes to heckle his performance only feed a “frat house mentality.”

“So today I was informed of this radio station that is offering money for people to stand up and heckle in order to collect prizes and money,” Cosby told Florida Today in a backstage interview.

“The thing is, these people are prodding and pushing people and asking people to have a frat house mentality. Now suppose someone brings a weapon or decided to do more foolishness. There will be announcements made and the stations made some disclaimers, but what if people don’t listen to what they said and they entice violence. That’s not good for anyone.

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Source: USA Today | Mike Nunez, Florida Today

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