On eve of visit, beleagured comedian sends greeting
On the eve of his appearance Friday at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House, beleaguered comedian Bill Cosby has released a video message to Baltimore fans.
"Bill Cosby here. Lyric Opera House. March 27. Baltimore, Maryland. I will be there to talk to you, make you laugh, make you smile, and hopefully you talk about it on the way home. 8 p.m. sharp," he says in the clip, released Monday.
More than a dozen women have accused the 77-year-old comedian of inappropriate sexual behaviors, including assault. Over the fall and winter, public scrutiny turned to the allegations as accusers came forward. Netflix canceled a Cosby stand-up special, and NBC killed a sitcom it expected to develop with him. Some appearances on his stand-up comedy tour have been canceled.
Cosby has denied the allegations and has not been criminally charged.
He released a similar video to advance an appearance in Charleston, W.Va.
"Charleston, West Virginia. Charleston Civic Center. March 28. Spring. Time to thaw out, with laughter. I can make that happen. 8 p.m. show." The video cuts to black, then he returns. "I forgot to tell you. You have to buy the tickets."
In each video, he is seated, wearing a button-down shirt and a blazer, and looks off-camera.