Bill Cosby plans to go forward with his two shows on January 17 at Denver’s Buell Theatre despite a planned protest. Gloria Allred plans to attend the protest after holding a Teach In Speak Out event for supporters of the alleged victims.
According to New York Daily News, Gloria Allred, who represents seven of Cosby’s accusers, announced Tuesday that she plans to hold an information session prior to Cosby’s Denver shows on Saturday. The Teach In Speak Out event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Crawford Hotel, just three hours before Cosby’s first show and only a few blocks from Buell Theater. An announcement for Allred’s Teach In Speak Out says the attorney is holding the event to educate the public about the alleged victims and what the public can do to show support for the accusers.
“Gloria Allred wants to meet you in Denver. Learn why women have made these allegations against Cosby, what Cosby’s response has been, and find out from Ms. Allred what you can do to support the alleged victims.”
The Denver Post reports an alleged victim from Denver, who remains anonymous for now, will also attend Allred’s event.
The protest being put on by a group called Turn Back Cosby is set to begin at 4 p.m. outside Buell Theatre.
Bill Cosby is to perform two back-to-back shows at Buell Theatre on Saturday, one at 5 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. While the comedian plans to go forward despite the planned protest, Ticketmaster is offering refunds for both Denver shows. According to 9News, there have already been 3,000 tickets sold.
AEG Live’s President, Chuck Morris, says he understands the concerns some members of the public may have regarding Cosby’s performances, the promotion company must let the show go on.
“If the allegations turn out to be true, I’m going to be appalled and disgusted, but at this point, I feel like I have an obligation to the people that want to see the show– and an artist that has not been charged or convicted- I don’t think I can play judge and jury.”
This is not the first protest Cosby has faced in recent days. Earlier this month, a protest was held at the comedian’s London, Ontario show. Cosby seemed unaffected by the protest, however, as he ad-libbed a joke about the alleged sexual assaults during the show.
Although never criminally charged, over 20 women have now come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of some form of sexual misconduct including rape. The comedian has yet to publicly address the sexual assault allegations himself. However, his attorneys maintain the accusations are ridiculous and deny Cosby has ever engaged in any wrongdoing.
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