Netflix Shelves Bill Cosby’s Upcoming Special After New Rape Allegation

Netflix has postponed the online premiere of Bill Cosby’s new special after another woman came forward accusing the comedy legend of rape on Tuesday.

The streaming service released a statement late Tuesday saying it was delaying the release of Cosby’s latest stand-up special, which was scheduled to go online Nov. 27, Newsday reported.

Newsday noted the move was “absolutely expected” after Cosby canceled an upcoming appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” slated for Wednesday night.

The latest allegation against Cosby came from TV presenter Janice Dickinson, who said in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday that she had been drugged and raped by the comedian shortly after she emerged from a rehab center in 1982.

Two other allegations had been made against Cosby recently. In an op-ed published by the Washington Post earlier this month, Barbara Bowman accused the comedian of raping her in 1985. On Monday, Joan Tarshis alleged that Cosby sexually assaulted her twice in 1969.

Cosby’s camp has not addressed on any of the allegations. Even when NPR confronted the comedian on-air during an interview, he refused to speak.

“Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment,” Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmitt, said in a statement on Sunday.

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