A Bill Cosby standing ovation is how the Bahamas welcomed the legendary comedian, an event he performed to benefit a women’s service organization.
The comedian seemed upbeat while on stage, making the event his first public appearance since several women came forward with allegations that he drugged and raped them, according to the Examiner. The 77-year-old TV icon carried off his well-scripted performance in front of a tame audience in the Bahamas. He was met with a large applause.
The performance comes after actress Louisa Moritz became the latest woman to come forward and accuse the entertainer of sexual assault. She claims he once forced her into oral sex and implied he would further her career if she went through with it. Moritz, 68, says she was backstage at “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1971 when the comedian stuck his penis in her mouth.
As the audience gave Bill Cosby a standing ovation, Moritz was telling a chilling story about her encounter. The One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest actress told TMZ a few details of the encounter. She also plans to file a civil suit against him.
“He took his hands and put them on the back of my head and forced his penis in my mouth, saying, ‘have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways.'” As Cosby left the room, he told her, “Now you don’t want to upset me and the plans for your future, do you?”
As for Thursday, Cosby failed to make an appearance at the after show reception held in his honor following his show, which his wife Camille attended instead. She left the luxurious Atlantis Resort after an hour in a second hand Toyota Jeep. Dressed casually in loose sweatpants, a grey sweat shirt bearing the words “Hello Friend” and brown sandals he paraded around the stage acting out anecdotes from his childhood.
After the Bill Cosby standing ovation, he recounted arguments with his younger brother Russell, being reprimanded by his mother and being punished by his father. He talked of his hard younger life “living in the projects” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And he described how his mother beat him “within an inch of his life” with a belt and threatened to have him “given to another family,” according to Entertainment Tonight.
Cosby also described his time in the US Navy when he and his contemporaries would “spend the afternoon lying.” Members of the audience joined in as Cosby described how children from the South would be told to cut a “switch” to be beaten by their angry parents. He went on to tell anecdotes from his long marriage to wife.
However, he did not mention his years of adultery or the growing allegations that he drugged and raped over a dozen women. Strong Armed security guards patrolled the theater throughout the entertainer’s 90-minute set enforcing a strict “No Photography” policy. The audience were warned not to take pictures or record any of the show with their smart phones or be ejected from the theater.
The rape allegations against Bill Cosby have a time span between 1969 until 2005. These allegations are already having a major impact on his work with Netflix postponing the airing of his new comedy special, which was due to air the day after Thanksgiving. NBC also pulled the plug on a comedy project they were developing with the 77-year-old Cosby Show star.
While an audience in the Bahamas is giving Bill Cosby a standing ovation, there is trouble at home. The entertainer also had scheduled appearances on talk shows including The Queen Latifah Show and Late Night With David Letterman, which have been cancelled in the wake of these allegations, notes the Daily Mail. TV Land announced they will no longer air reruns of The Cosby Show on the network.