(Reuters) – U.S. comic Invoice Cosby carried out his first stand-up gig since being swept up in intercourse scandals, joking in Philadelphia on Monday about his blindness and fueling criticism on social media, in keeping with video posted on-line.
The 80-year-old entertainer’s look on the LaRose Jazz Membership marked his first present since 2015 and got here forward of an April retrial for an alleged 2004 sexual assault in suburban Philadelphia.
Cosby, who starred within the 1980s TV collection “The Cosby Present,” has seen his family-friendly fame destroyed by dozens of sexual assault allegations. He has denied assaulting anybody, saying any encounters along with his accusers had been consensual.
On-line video footage confirmed Cosby sporting a sweatshirt and seated on a stool within the membership. Describing individuals’s reactions when he walks into issues he can’t see, Cosby stated: “There’s a superbly good phrase known as ‘cease,’ not ‘oh-oh-oh-oh-oh’,” drawing laughs from the group.
Cosby’s present was extensively criticized on Twitter, with novelist Terry McMillan saying: “For those who gave me entrance row seats to see Invoice Cosby I’d burn them.”
Jeff Romaine tweeted: “NO ONE ought to ever go see him publicly with out bringing a sack stuffed with rotten fruit to throw. I might simply really feel unhealthy for the fruit.”
Cosby is scheduled go to trial on April 2 on prices that he drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand at his residence within the Philadelphia suburb of Cheltenham. His first trial resulted in a mistrial in June.
Pennsylvania prosecutors requested the decide within the case final week to permit the testimony of 19 different accusers, together with 12 ladies who weren’t allowed to testify within the entertainer’s first trial.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Modifying by Paul Tait)