PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Bill Cosby is still scheduled to perform in Pittsburgh next month despite the sexual assault allegations against him.
But some people are disturbed it hasn’t been cancelled, and there’s now a petition drive to try to get it postponed.
“What I find most disturbing is that people actually still want to go and hear what he has to say about anything given the allegations,” said Alison Hall from Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.
On Friday, Cosby’s upcoming show in Charlotte, North Carolina, was cancelled. Earlier this week, a performance in Houston, Texas, was cancelled.
But according to The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s website, tickets are available for his show at Heinz Hall on Saturday, Feb. 21. KDKA-TV was unable to reach anyone from The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra who could comment on the situation.
However, the show’s promoter, Carlos Larraz from National Artists Corporation, replied in an email: “Dr. Cosby’s show at Heinz Hall is still scheduled to happen.”
But Diane Fletcher from Murrysville has started a petition on Change.org asking Heinz Hall to postpone the show until allegations against him have been addressed.
As of Friday evening, it had more than 200 signatures.
Over the last three months, more than two dozen women have alleged they were drugged and assaulted or raped by Cosby beginning in the ‘70s, including a woman from our area who says she remembers being allegedly kissed and groped by him.
“I always thought it was odd that after I had this drink, I would wind up in my bed and I wouldn’t remember anything,” said Renita Chaney Hill during a November interview with KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti.
Cosby’s lawyer has called the accusers’ claims “discredited” and “defamatory.”
“He was like someone that you looked up to,” said local comedian Davon Magwood.
He says Bill Cosby was the first comedian discovered as kid.
However, Magwood thinks the Pittsburgh show should be cancelled for now.
“Until I think it’s cleared up, until there’s more information of what’s going on with this situation, I think it sends the wrong message to victims of sexual assault in the city of Pittsburgh,” said Magwood.