Amid multiple sexual assault allegations, Bill Cosby will still perform at three scheduled shows in Canada starting Wednesday, his representatives told the show’s promoters.
The Chicago-based group Innovation Arts & Entertainment said in a statement that it heard from Cosby’s representatives that the 77-year-old comedian had “every intent” to perform the shows. The group said it realizes the decision is unpopular, but “would face crippling legal obstacles for violation” if it canceled. From The Associated Press:
“Jason MacDonald, a spokesman for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, called the allegations against Cosby ‘very serious and deeply troubling’ but declined to comment further.”
Protests of the shows have reportedly been planned as well. (RELATED: ‘Rapist’ Written All Over Cosby’s Walk Of Fame Star)
Some 27 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them or drugging them, including supermodel Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, but Cosby has not been charged with any crime. (RELATED: Beverly Johnson: ‘Bill Cosby Drugged Me’)