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Bill Cosby’s media troubles relating to the accusations of sexual assault against him continue, as this week Netflix and NBC
both announced they are pulling the plug on their projects with the aging comedian
Netflix was scheduled to launch an hour-long comedy special on Thanksgiving to honor the 77th birthday of the Emmy and Grammy award winning comedian
. However, on Tuesday night a Netflix spokesperson stated that, “At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77.”
A day later, NBC made a similar move, cancelling plans for a sitcom
developed with and starring Cosby set to air in 2015. This comes amid a new focus on the accusations of sexual assault against him, the most recent having come from former supermodel Janice Dickinson
in an Entertainment Tonight
interview just hours before the announcement from Netflix.
Cosby has been dealing with accusations since 2000 when actress Lachele Covington filed a police report claiming Cosby groped her. New accusations arose again from the director of the Temple University Women’s basketball team in 2005 which resulted in Cosby settling after 13 different women
stepped forward with allegations against him offered to testify as witnesses.
Recently, these issues have come into the media spotlight again, largely due to a comedy routine from comedian Hannibal Buress
in which he referred to Cosby as “a rapist” that went viral. This launched the issue into the mainstream and acted as a catalyst for a new set of allegations, including the statement from Dickinson.
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