About 30 protesters disrupted Bill Cosby’s show in Ontario Friday night, chanting, “We believe the women,” in reference to the multiple sexual assault allegations against the comedian.
Cosby had been onstage in Hamilton, Ontario for about five minutes when around 30 women rose from their seats and took off their coats to reveal white T-shirts that said “we believe the women.” Some blew whistles and shouted at the comedian. Cosby urged security not to arrest the protesters, saying, “Stop, let them have their say,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Supporters of the comedian responded with shouts of “we believe the men” and “we love you Bill.” The show continued after the demonstration and Cosby received a standing ovation from the remaining audience members.
More than 15 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault. The 77-year old comedian has denied all allegations through his lawyers. In 2006, Cosby settled a lawsuit out of court, brought by a woman who claimed he had drugged and molested her. The comedian has never been charged for any of the alleged assaults.