Bill Cosby performs in Bahamas amid sexual assault accusations

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014, 22:25 by GxMedia

Bill Cosby

San Juan, Nov 21 (EFE).- Bill Cosby performed at a charity event in the Bahamas amid a media storm in the United States sparked by sexual assault accusations against the 77-year-old comedian and actor.

Cosby offered a comedy show at the Atlantis resort in Nassau, with the proceeds going to the local chapter of women’s service organization The Links, Tribune242 newspaper said Friday.

“The scheduling of Mr. Cosby to perform at the Nassau Chapter’s fundraiser was done in good faith and in advance of the allegations coming to light. As a women’s organization committed to uplifting and empowering women, The Links, Incorporated does not tolerate crimes against women,” the group’s national president, Glenda Newell-Harris, said in a statement.

While calling the accusations against Cosby “alarming and unsettling,” Newell-Harris said she was confident “that the appropriate authorities will conduct a thorough investigation.”

“Being that no formal charges have been filed against Mr. Cosby, we therefore don’t deem it appropriate to further comment on the accusations,” she added.

Cosby has dozens of shows scheduled in the United States, including one Friday in Melbourne, Florida.

The re-emergence of allegations of sexual misconduct are already having an impact, as Netflix postponed a comedy special with Cosby and NBC announced a halt to development of a new series with him as star.

Those cancellations happened after model Janice Dickinson claimed the comedian sexually abused her in 1982, becoming the third woman to make such allegations in the past few weeks.

Cosby, who has refused to comment about these latest accusations, has faced similar claims for decades and has always denied them.