"To all of my adoring fans in Baltimore, MD and Charleston, WV: I thank you for your love, support and trust. Here's a special video message that's tailored for you. Enjoy! Hey, Hey, Hey -- I'm far from finished." states Bill Cosby
A local advocacy group is planning a protest outside the theater Friday night during comedian Bill Cosby's scheduled performance at the Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.
An official of SlutWalk Baltimore, the local chapter of a sexual assault victim advocacy group, says the group has "dozens" of people lined up to demonstrate outside the theater and hand out literature opposing the 77-year-old comic's appearance. Demonstrators will not attempt to stop people from seeing the show or otherwise disrupt it, said Rachel Perry-Crook, the group's director
"We are not trying to interfere with anyone's tickets that they purchased," she said. "What we want to do is spread awareness."
The Lyric show was announced last fall, before a scandal broke in which dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misbehavior, including assault. Although Cosby has not addressed the allegations specifically, his lawyers have called them "ridiculous."
Cosby has not been charged with any crimes in relation to the allegations.