Bill Cosby cancels Boston shows due to weather as new accuser emerges

Former actress and model Helen Gumpel says Bill Cosby made unwanted sexual advances toward her in 1987.

By Kate Stanton
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BOSTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Bill Cosby canceled two sold-out shows at Boston's Wilbur Theature on Sunday, the same day another woman came forward to accuse the 77-year-old of sexual assault.

"I have decided to cancel for your travel safety," Cosby said in a statement. "No need to worry, I will be back soon to raise the roof with laughter."


Boston is currently under a winter storm warning, with forecasters expecting two feet of snow to hit the city by Tuesday.

Cosby has continued to perform stand-up comedy shows in recent months, despite the more than 20 women who have accused him of sexual assault.

At a news conference on Sunday, former model and actress Helen Gumpel said she filmed one episode of The Cosby Show in 1987 and was invited back to the set. Gumpel, then known as Helen Selby, said she was taken to Cosby's dressing room, where he allegedly put his crotch in her face.

"I'm an advocate for the women who have been drugged and raped by him," Gumpel said. "I needed to speak now because he is so arrogant. We can't let him go through with these concerts. He is a rapist."


Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the Boston Herald that the decision to cancel the shows had " "nothing to do with protesters."

"It has everything to do with safety. We want everyone to be safe," Wyatt said. "No one needs to get hurt coming out to a show."

According the The Boston Globe, about 20 people protesting Cosby stood outside the Wilbur Theatre on Sunday despite the show cancellations.

In a statement to its Facebook page, the Wilbur Theatre said it had agreed to host Cosby's shows before allegations against him resurfaced.

"The Wilbur entered into a binding contractual agreement with Mr. Cosby well before any allegations," the venue said.

"Through this long and arduous process, we've done everything possible to make the right decisions both for our customers and our community. We are pleased with this outcome and continue to offer refunds to all our patrons."

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