Cosby show at Virginia canceled

Cosby show at Virginia canceled

CHAMPAIGN — Embattled comedian Bill Cosby will not perform at the Virginia Theatre April 11.

In the wake of a sexual assault scandal, the Champaign Park District canceled the two shows.

Champaign Park District Executive Director Joe DeLuce said the decision was difficult and required some negotiations, but that "this thing keeps on growing, and we decided it was more appropriate not to host the event at the Virginia Theatre."

Full refunds will be issued to patrons who have purchased Cosby tickets from the Virginia. They will be available at the Virginia Theatre Box Office, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 24.

For questions about ticket refunds, call the box office at 356-9053.

Two other upcoming shows, in Las Vegas and Tucson, also have been canceled.

Officials at the Treasure Island hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they've mutually agreed with comedian Bill Cosby to cancel his upcoming performance.

Treasure Island spokeswoman Michelle Knoll said "it wasn't a good time" for the Nov. 28 performance. She added that ticketholders will be given refunds,

No reason was given by Diamond Desert Casino in Tucson, Arizona for the canceled Feb. 15 show.

In the past week, numerous allegations of sexual abuse by Cosby from a number of women have led to canceled interviews and NBC and Netflix projects. "The Cosby Show" also was pulled off the air on TV Land. Cosby issued a statement Sunday discrediting decades-old accusations and his attorney has denied four of the allegations.

Thursday night, he appeared in Bahamas at a benefit for a women's service organization.

Including an appearance in Melbourne, Florida tonight, Cosby is slated to perform at least 36 shows between now and May 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Joe American wrote on November 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I guess we're assumed guilty until proven otherwise.  The unproven allegations didn't affect a womens service organization but couldn't pass the CUPD's muster?  I can't help but wonder who Joe caved to behind the scenes.