Bill Cosby’s third and final performance in Ontario, Canada, on Friday night witnessed protests as hecklers screamed “we believe the women,” referring to the several women who have accused the comedian of either sexual assault or rape. The hecklers reportedly walked out while Cosby tried to calm the audience at the Hamilton Place theater.
Some people in the audience reportedly started shouting, "We believe the men," and "We love you Bill." The protests on Friday came a day after a man at Cosby’s performance called him “a rapist.” More than 15 women have come forward alleging that they had been sexually assaulted by him decades ago. Cosby, 77, reportedly acknowledged the controversy that resurfaced in November.
"Whatever happens here tonight if there's some sort of outburst, we just have to remain calm and things will be taken care of. It oughtn't last that long," Cosby reportedly said at the Hamilton show. "I want to thank all of you here tonight because you stayed with what you believed in."
Organizers had made an announcement to the audience prior to the show that there may be disruptions and urged them to remain calm until the matter “is resolved,” The Associated Press reported.
Cosby had responded to Thursday night's heckling in London, Ontario, by stating that he is “far from finished.” His Canada tour came two months after several of his shows and appearances were canceled following the assault allegations against him.
Cosby's Wednesday night show at the Centre In The Square theater in Kitchener, Ontario, had also witnessed protests outside the venue when some people shouted, “shame on you,” at ticket holders, while others carried signs reading, “rape is no joke.”