Bill Cosby has issued a statement to fans saying his career is far from over, a day after new sexual assault allegations against him surfaced. The 77-year-old comedian released the statement two days ahead of a scheduled performance in Lafayette, Louisana.
According to AFP, a spokesperson for the comedian released the statement Wednesday on behalf of Cosby.
The newly released statement reads similar to a statement Cosby issued before a Colorado show last month. He thanks fans of the Lafayette community for their continued support and seems to indicate he will not cancel Friday's show at the Heymann Performing Arts Center.
"Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can't wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift -- LAUGHTER. I'm ready! I thank you, the theatre staff, the event organizers and the Lafayette Community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment."As he wrote in his statement last month, Cosby again ends his latest statement by referencing his Fat Albert TV show and his 2013 Comedy Central performance.
"Hey, Hey, Hey -- I'm far from finished. Sincerely, Bill Cosby."The comedian's statement comes only a day after former actress and model Heidi Thomas came forward to allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1984 by trying to "force himself" in her mouth. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Thomas claims she went to Reno, Nevada, to meet up with Cosby because he had agreed to mentor her while she tried to get her acting career off the ground. Instead, the former model claims, the Cosby Show dad sexually assaulted her during the course of a four-day trip. The former model joins a group of accusers consisting of over 20 women who have come forward since late last year to lodge allegations against Cosby.
Due to recent performance cancellations, many have speculated Cosby's career is over, including Richard Pryor's widow, Jennifer Lee, who took the opportunity to slam the comedian on Sunday. According to Pryor, Cosby is "a piece of s**t" who is "done" in showbiz. The comedian's latest statement seems to indicate he thinks otherwise.
Cosby has yet to address the drugging and rape allegations head-on. While scores of women have accused him of sexual assault, most of the cases are too old to bring criminal charges against the actor. Three of his accusers, however, have filed a civil lawsuit against him. ABC News reports Cosby's attorneys are trying to have the lawsuit thrown out of court.
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