NBC Pulls Plug On New Bill Cosby Show After Rape Allegations
NBC announced Wednesday that they are stopping development of a proposed new sitcom starring Bill Cosby in the wake of rape allegations by several women, E! News reports.
This comes on the heels of Tuesday's announcement that Netflix has postponed Cosby's latest standup special entitled Cosby 77, which was taped on his birthday and originally scheduled to debut November 28.
Rumors surrounding the allegations resurfaced when comedian Hannibal Burress called Cosby a rapist during one of his standup sets. Several women have since come forward and spoken to the press about the alleged incidents, including supermodel Janice Dickinson, who claims that the comedian assaulted her in 1982.
Cosby's lawyer, John P. Schmitt, has denied Dickinson's claims, saying, "Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced," the lawyer said. "The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work," the message added. "There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."