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Cosby Cancels Shows As More Allegations Emerge

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 MELBOURNE, FL - As Bill Cosby's standup tour crumbled with shows canceled in six states, the embattled entertainer received standing ovations from a sold-out crowd when he took the stage and when he left it Friday in Florida.

Performances in Oklahoma, Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington State, though, were called off as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago.

The director of The Broadway Center in Tacoma, Washington, said Friday that it has canceled Cosby's April appearance because it conflicts with the nonprofit organization's mission "to strengthen our community's social fabric by building empathy, furthering education and sharing joy."

"We were not confident in our ability to meet those objectives by proceeding with Mr. Cosby's performance," David Fischer said.

Meanwhile, Cosby lawyer Martin Singer said Friday that the claims of women with "unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40 or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity."

"Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork," Singer said. "When will it end? It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop."

Fans filled up a sold-out theater in Melbourne, Florida. The 77-year-old comedian, wearing cargo pants and a shirt that said "Hello Friend," took the stage to a standing ovation and loud applause. At least twice, someone shouted, "We love you, Bill Cosby."

Though an announcer before the show said disruptions were possible, none ever came. A radio station had offered $1,000 to anyone who would interrupt Cosby.

Outside the theater, only one protester could be found. She held a sign that read, "Rape is no joke."

Julie Lemaitre, 47, of Rockledge, Florida, said she was there just to have a presence and to try to say to people attending "think about what you're doing."

Cosby's producers said at least 28 other shows remain on his schedule through May 2015.

However, shows in Las Vegas, Tucson, Arizona, Champaign, Illinois, Reno, Nevada, Florence, South Carolina, and at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma were called off. No specific reasons were given.

Fans in Florida said they were at the Maxwell C. King Center For The Performing Arts to see good comedy and that the accusations didn't influence them.
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