It was business as usual for Bill Cosby on Thursday, Nov. 20 as he took to the stage at The Atlantis Bahamas for a sold-out stand-up show, his first public appearance since the renewed rape allegations.
The 77-year-old TV icon was given a rapturous welcome as he appeared on stage in front of a welcoming crowd, the only sign of his current sexual abuse allegations being a strong security presence back stage, and a request for audience members to refrain from taking any photographs.
The show, which was held in aid of The Links, Incorporated (an international women's organization), started promptly at 8 p.m.
"He was very theatrical on stage," one audience member told Us Weekly. "It appeared as though what was going on didn't move him at all. What really stood out was his lack of proper attire. He was dressed in grey sweats, slippers, and a shirt saying 'Hello Friend.'"
"He interacted a lot with the audience,” the source continued. “At one point someone's cell phone rang and he said to tell them 'I'm not here,' which caused the audience to laugh. He appeared not to be bothered by what's going on with him in the media although he did not attend the meet and greet post-show reception."
As his set drew to a close, Cosby's focus moved to his wife, Camille.
"He said, 'Camille and I have been married for 50 years.’ He flashed his wedding band for the audience to see and this gesture was welcomed by the audience," the source told Us. "His last piece was dedicated to his wife and their marriage."
Earlier in the day, actress Louisa Moritz became the latest woman to go on-record with allegations that Cosby sexually assaulted her, forcing her to perform oral sex on him during an appearance on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1971.
Cosby's lawyer, Marty Singer, continued to deny the allegations. "We’ve reached the point of absurdity," he said in a statement. "The stories are getting more ridiculous. People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy.”
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