NBC Cancels Plans For Bill Cosby Sitcom Amidst New Rape Allegations

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Allegations that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted a number of women over the course of several decades resurfaced in recent weeks after comedian Hannibal BurressĀ referenced the charges during a stand-up performance in San Francisco.

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On Monday, a woman named Joan Tarshis accused Cosby of rape, claiming that the comedy legend sedated her and forced her to have oral sex with him in 1969.

Yesterday, model and former reality star Janice Dickinson made similar allegations, thus becoming the fifteenth woman to accuse Cosby of criminal abuse.

Prior to this latest scandal, Cosby was in the midst of a career comeback, with a Netflix special, stand-up tour, and NBC sitcom planned for the coming year.

While no venues on the tour have canceled Cosby's appearances, Netflix has opted not to proceed with the planned special, and NBC announced today that its terminated its contract with the 77-year-old comic.

The network first broke the news to writers and other staffers who had been hired for the series. Sources say production was halted immediately, despite the fact that NBC will be forced to pay a hefty penalty to Cosby for refusing to go ahead with the pilot.

Cosby has denied the allegations through his attorney, but has not yet spoken publicly about the scandal.

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