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Bill Cosby took to the stage to perform stand up in Ontario, Canada as if he’s not in the middle of a media storm of sexual assault allegations mounting against him. The was the first of three shows Cosby has in Canada. As many as 10 of those shows has been cancelled because of the allegations.

Reports claim that Cosby wore a sweatshirt that read, “Hello Friend” and the stage was decorated with two giant posters of Cosby happily posing with Nelson Mandela. What kind of message could Cosby have been sending with his wardrobe and decorative choices? Cosby’s last performance in Florida received a standing ovation and so did this one, even though the crowd was hardly as large as the Florida performance. Many ticket holders decided to boycott the show, leaving the theater two-thirds full. “I had a wonderful time,” Cosby said to the crowd before the audience erupted in applause.

There were a handful protestors outside of the venue heckling Cosby, with signs that read, “Rape is no joke” and “He Said: 1, She Said: 26+,” shouting, “You support rape!” But it was one in particular who caught national news attention when he said, “Congratulations on your first show of 2015. Talk about starting the year with a bang! We hope it was consensual, Billy!” The man can be heard shouting out in a video captured by NBC.  

Cosby is also scheduled to appear at the Budweiser Gardens in London on Thursday and at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton on Friday. Hours before Cosby took the stage on Wednesday, attorney Gloria Allred said three more women are accusing the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them in Las Vegas or Los Angeles between 1981 and 1996.

On the flip side, Gloria Allred held a press conference on Wednesday (January 7 ) and revealed three new women who have all come forward for the first time to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Before Allred even introduced the women–Linda Kirkpatrick, Lynn Neal and “Kacey,” (who obviously doesn’t want her real named used) she went in on the comments Cosby’s TV wife, Phylicia Rashad allegedly made in reaction to the women coming out again him. Rashad was quoted saying, “Forget these women,” by Allred said:

“Phylicia, I vow to you that I will not forget these women, because women matter. They deserve respect and dignity. Phylicia, you should be supporting these women rather than joining Cosby’s paid “attack dogs” who are trying to undermine them in any way they can.”

Kirkpatrick, Neal and Kacey all read statements about their Cosby encounters in detail, but wouldn’t take any questions. Each of them had stories that detailed similar experiences with having to wet their hair, getting drugged and facing sexual assault.

Kirkpatrick met Cosby at a tennis tournament in Las Vegas in 1981 and he invited her to see his show. She claims he offered her a drink at a party in his dressing room, she blacked out and found Cosby on top of her, kissing her with force. She says she fought him off, Cosby apologized and she went back to the show before the attack went any further.

Read the rest at Hello Beautiful.

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