Blissful ignorance? As more women come forward with new accusations, disgraced comedian Bill Cosby is continuing to move forward with business as usual, and maintaining his silence on the scandal.
The Cosby Show alum, 77, released a new statement this week ahead of an upcoming comedy show, and chose not to directly address the now more than 30 women who have spoken out about the alleged sexual misconduct on Cosby's part. Cosby is scheduled to perform a stand-up set in Lafayette, La., on Friday, Feb. 27.
While many of Cosby's shows have been canceled due to protests and objections over his past, the formerly family-friendly star is still planning to play his show at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, and gave a now-rare statement ahead of the gig.
"Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust," he said in a statement through his PR team, which was obtained by Agence France-Presse. "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," Cosby continued. "Hey, Hey, Hey — I'm far from finished. Sincerely, Bill Cosby."
Just days before the statement made its way online, another woman voiced accusations against Cosby similar to the extensive list before her. A former model named Heidi Thomas told CNN that she was sexually assaulted by the actor in 1984.
Thomas said that Cosby offered to help with her career, and when she was performing a monologue of an intoxicated person for the actor, he gave her a drink so she could experience what it was like to be actually drunk. She said that she woke up and Cosby was forcing himself on her.
Thomas' story is similar to those of the many women who have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Cosby, often involving seemingly drug-spiked drinks and unwanted physical contact. The comedian has maintained his innocence through his legal team in recent months, often attempting to discredit the remarks and even making light of them in one November comedy set.
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