The head of the London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC) is calling on the community to help cancel the Cosby show.
Bill Cosby, 77, will be performing at Budweiser Gardens on Jan. 8, but Megan Walker, LAWC executive director, is asking people to boycott the show after a growing number of sexual abuse allegations have come out against the comedian.
Walker contacted Brian Ohl, general manager of Budweiser Gardens, and said the Budweiser Gardens general manager told her he couldn’t cancel a show based on allegations.
Walker is hoping people will refuse to buy tickets to Cosby’s standup routine, forcing Budweiser Gardens to cancel due to lack of sales.
“(Ohl) doesn’t cancel performances based on allegations and I think that’s exactly why perpetrators have continued to get away with their behaviour because everybody says they’re just allegations,” Walker said. “The reality is women are suffering as a result of men in positions of power like this.”
Cosby has not been charged of assault. In 2006, he settled a civil suit out of court over another alleged incident.
Walker started her protest on Twitter Nov. 19, saying “At least 15 claims of sexual assault against Bill Cosby.
#boycottbillcosby @BudGardens on January (8) 2015. Stand with abused women.”
She assures more tweets will come regarding the boycott.
Although Cosby hasn’t even been charged over the recent allegations, Walker points out the amount of claims against the comedian. She adds the fact less than two percent of sexual assault claims turn out to be false.
Walker did, however, say she would still push for a boycott even if one person made accusations.
“Fifteen women have come forward with similar stories and they’re putting their names to those stories,” Walker said. “I believe these women and I think as a show of solidarity to these women Londoners need to be believe these women and boycott the show.”
Cosby has refused to comment on the latest allegations and his lawyer issued a statement Sunday saying his client would not dignify "decade-old, discredited" claims of sexual abuse with a response.