NBC scraps Bill Cosby project in wake of sexual assault allegations

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(PIX11) — NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project as another sexual assault allegation against the comic has emerged.

NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the project “is no longer under development,” and had no further comment.

In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” Tuesday, former supermodel Janice Dickinson accused the comedian of raping her. She alleged Cosby gave her a pill and a glass of red wine before she passed out, CNN reported.

Dickinson’s accusation comes after a handful of claims against the comedian spanning nine years resurfaced. Of his alleged victims includes Barbara Bowman, who wrote a column in the Washington Post titled “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?”

The comedian has repeatedly denied the allegations and has never been prosecuted.

On November 16, Bill Cosby’s lawyer released a statement on the comedian’s website.

“Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced,” Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmitt, wrote.

“The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.”

NBC’s announcement came after Netflix announced late Tuesday that it was postponing the Nov. 27 premiere of a new Cosby standup comedy special.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.