At least five upcoming Bill Cosby performances across the country were canceled Friday as the number of allegations that the comedian drugged and raped women continues to grow.
Cosby, who has denied claims of sexual harassment and rape dating back decades, was scheduled to perform at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Las Vegas next week. In a statement, the resort said the decision to cancel the show came “by mutual agreement,” and ticket holders would be refunded. Performances in Arizona, Illinois and South Carolina, scheduled for 2015, were also canceled.
Cosby took the stage in the Bahamas Thursday, and a theater in Melbourne, Fla. said Cosby’s show would proceed Friday night.
“While we are aware of the allegations reported in the press, we are only in a position to judge him based on his career as an entertainer and humanitarian,” management at the King Center for the Performing Arts said in statement.
At least three women have come forward this week to claim the entertainer had abused them sexually. Cosby’s lawyer has dismissed the allegations as a “media-led feeding frenzy.”