Bill Cosby makes joke about sexual abuse claims

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Protesters attempted to shut down Bill Cosby's Canada shows while he reportedly made a joke about his sexual abuse allegations during his Thursday performance.

ET Canada captured the protesters blocking the entrance to the Centre In The Square venue in Kitchener where Cosby's show took place.

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"Obviously any big change requires all kinds of voices, all kinds of action," protest organizer Melanie Baker said. "This is the one we chose."

Inside the venue, Cosby stuck to his routine and received a standing ovation, despite the ruckus outside.

During Thursday's performance, several reports claim that the 77-year-old comedian made light of his recent sexual abuse allegations, telling the audience, "You have to be careful about drinking around me."

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Deadline reports that the audience gasped at the joke and then applauded. Two men were also reportedly escorted out of the performance after yelling, "We don't love you, Bill. You're a rapist. I'm being ejected because you're a rapist."

Reporter Richard Warnica of Canada's National Post live-tweeted from the Thursday performance -- offering a play by play of the wild scene.

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Bill Cosby makes joke about sexual abuse claims
80 minutes before the show and the protest crowd in London is already growing.
It's a much wilder scene here at Cosby's second Canadian show. Fans are getting yelled at as they walk in.
Protestors are handing out these slips. Each one has a different Cosby accuser's name on it.
Handed out to ticket holders at tonight's Cosby show.
Ushers are cracking down on phone use tonight. Tweeting from the show will be minimal.
It's a similar crowd to last night's. Lots of gaps, but far from empty too.
"You have to be careful about drinking around me," Cosby just said to a woman in the crowd. Loud gasps from the audience.
The gasps then changed to cheers and applause.
A woman in the front row got up to go get a drink. Cosby asked her where she was going. She asked him if he wanted a drink.
He said no, he already had one (a bottle of water). Then he continued "You have to be careful about drinking around me."
Security just pulled a man out of the crowd in London. "You are a rapist!" he yelled at Cosby on the way out.
Six police officers surround the man pulled from the crowd.
Police arrested one man for failing to identify himself. They held him in cuffs in the foyer for a few minutes then let him go.
Cosby gets another standing ovation at the end of the show.

Psychologist Dr. Cooper Lawrence, the author of The Cult of Celebrity, explained to ET why Cosby would continue with his shows amid allegationsthat he drugged and sexually assaulted women.

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"What's driving him is he's unwilling to acknowledge any of these allegations," Lawrence said. "Instead of hiding -- because if he hides it will make it seem like it is true -- so if he keeps going out and keeps working, it makes it seem like everything is fine."

Earlier this week, Cosby's on-screen wife Phylicia Rashad stood by the comedian in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

"What I said is, 'This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy,'" she said of the allegations against her Cosby Show co-star.

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Rashad did not want to speak on the allegations that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted women, but according to the 66-year-old actress, the claims seem contradictory to the character of the man she got to know for 12 years on their sitcom.

"He's a genius. He is generous. He is kind. He's inclusive," Rashad said. "What has happened is declaration in the media of guilt without proof."

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