Canadian Protesters Confront Bill Cosby over 29 Rape Allegations

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Photo Mike Roy

Photo Mike Roy

Thursday January 8th between 100-150 protestors gathered outside Budweiser Gardens in London Ontario Canada to educate the public about why it’s important to support the 29 victims who are alleging Bill Cosby’s crimes. The gathering was organized by Unifor local 27 and Megan Walker, executive director of the London Abused Women’s Center.

Cosby, who starred as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992, earning a reputation as “America’s Dad,” has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations, and through his representatives he has denied them.

Cosby’s career has unraveled after his 29 accusers came forward, NBC halted work on a Cosby sitcom that was under development and Netflix indefinitely postponed a special that was set to premiere last month.

During the show in London, Ontario, Canada a heckler yelled out “Your a rapist, your a rapist and I’m going to get kicked out.”

Just minites prior to this a woman who got up from one of the front rows and walked past the stage was asked by Cosby where she was going. When she answered that she was going to the lobby to grab a drink, Cosby responded with “You have to be careful about drinking around me,” a remark that was met with muted laughter. Many of the 29 women who have come forward with allegations against Cosby have claimed he offered them drinks mixed with sedatives.

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The list of alleged victoms of sexual abuse has been growing. Actress Beverly Johnson told her story to Vanity Fair saying she visited the home of Cosby to do a script reading, but fund herself in a terrible situation after drinking a cappuccino prepared by Cosby. “I knew by the second sip of the drink he had given me that I’d been drugged – and drugged good.”

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Friday January 9th Cosby will be performing in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Hamilton protester Anne Bokma says she wants Bill Cosby to see his protesters. She wants him to hear them, too. “We want Cosby to see and hear us,” Bokma said ahead of Friday’s show at the Hamilton Place Theatre. Bokma has said people who had bought tickets but no longer wanted to attend the show, have offered up their tickets to her protest, to give to other women who are willing to go inside and disrupt the show.

With a TV project halted and at least 10 standup comedy tour performances cancelled or indefinitely postponed. Cosby has so far refused to speak out about the allegations.

Photos: The Indignants

More links:

London Free Press

CBC Canada

Story/Photos: Michael Roy – Revolution News & The Indignants

 

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Mike is from London, Ontario, Canada and is a student at Western University taking Media, Information & Technoculture. He is a photographer, videographer and writer. In his spare time he is an activist involved with Indigenous, environmental and civil liberties issues.