U.S. comic Bill Cosby drew criticisms from social media after he carried out his first stand-up gig since being swept up in intercourse scandals.
He joked in Philadelphia on Monday about his blindness, in response to video posted on-line.
The 80-year-old entertainer’s look on the LaRose Jazz Club 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 sequence “The Cosby Show,” has seen his family-friendly popularity destroyed by dozens of sexual assault allegations. He has denied assaulting anybody, saying any encounters together with his accusers had been consensual.
Online 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 not see, Cosby mentioned: “There’s a perfectly good word called ‘stop,’ not ‘oh-oh-oh-oh-oh’,” drawing laughs from the group.
Cosby’s present was broadly criticized on Twitter, with novelist Terry McMillan saying: “If you gave me front row seats to see Bill Cosby I’d burn them.”
Jeff Romaine tweeted: “NO ONE should ever go see him publicly without bringing a sack full of rotten fruit to throw. I would just feel bad for the fruit.”
Cosby is scheduled go to trial on April 2 on fees that he drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand at his dwelling 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 girls who weren’t allowed to testify within the entertainer’s first trial.