Bill Cosby reportedly caused a stir at his stand-up show on Thursday night, joking that a woman “should be careful drinking around him”.
The comedian and actor - who currently stands accused of sexually assaulting at least 15 women in the 1970s and 1980s - was performing in London, Ontario when he reportedly made a joke that appeared to make light of the allegations leveled against him.
According to audience members who were live-tweeting the show, a woman stood up during his set, so he asked her where she was going.
When she responded that she was headed to the bar, Bill cracked a joke, saying: “You have to be careful about drinking around me.”
"You have to be careful about drinking around me," Cosby just said to a woman in the crowd. Loud gasps from the audience.— Richard Warnica (@richardwarnica) January 9, 2015
While the audience were reportedly shocked by his joke at first, it didn’t take long for the audience’s gasps to turn to laughs, and he even got a standing ovation when his show ended.
The gasps then changed to cheers and applause.— Richard Warnica (@richardwarnica) January 9, 2015
However, it sounds like not everyone saw the funny side, with reports claiming that one man was removed by security, loudly branding the comedian a “rapist” on his way out.
After the show, Bill released an official statement, which read: “Dear Fans: One outburst but over 2,600 loyal, patient and courageous fans enjoyed the most wonderful medicine that exist for human-kind. Laughter. I thank you, the theatre staff (Budweiser Gardens), the event organizers and the London, ON Community for your continued honor and support.
“I'm Far From Finished.”
Earlier this week, he gained a standing ovation from the audience at his gig in Kitchener, Ontario, but the show wasn’t without its controversies, with angry protesters gathering outside the venue.