HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- NBC is the latest entertainment company to distance itself from comedian Bill Cosby, scrapping a planned comedy show with the star in the wake of rape allegations.
Cosby was to star in an untitled comedy from Sony Pictures Television in which he would play a family patriarch with three married daughters with children.
The opportunities vanished after rape allegations against Cosby from decades ago resurfaced.
One-time aspiring actress Barbara Bowman wrote in a Washington Post op ed last week that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her when she was 17 in the 1980s, and ripped NBC for planning to use the actor in a family comedy.
Former music publicist Joan Tarshis wrote in Hollywood Elsewhere that Cosby drugged and raped her twice when she was 19. Now supermodel Janice Dickinson has also accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in 1982.
In 2006, Cosby settled out of court with former Temple University basketball player Andrea Constand, who claimed he'd sexually assaulted her after drugging her. Attorneys planned to bring forward 13 other women with similar allegations, according to court documents at the time.
Cosby has denied the accusations.
The issue was sparked anew when comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist in a routine in Philadelphia on a video that went viral. Buress said he was sick of Cosby's "smuggest old black man persona" lecturing younger men.
"You rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches," said Buress.