Bill Cosby took the stage Thursday night in the Bahamas for a stand-up routine, his first performance since past sexual assault allegations against became the focus of new scrutiny this month.
According to the Associated Press, Cosby performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas in a benefit for women’s service organization, The Links, Inc., to a packed crowd. While Cosby made no overt mentions of the numerous sexual assault allegations made against him, he did a parody depicting himself as an “evil man.”
“The scheduling of Mr. Cosby to perform at the Nassau (Bahamas) Chapter’s fundraiser was done in good faith and in advance of the allegations coming to light. As a women’s organization committed to uplifting and empowering women, The Links, Incorporated does not tolerate crimes against women,” said Links, Inc. National President Glenda Newell-Harris, in a statement.
According to People, the Cosby dedicated the performance to his wife, Camille, and exited the stage to a standing ovation. The performance comes on the heels of Cosby’s stand-up show cancellations at Las Vegas’ Treasure Island Hotel on Nov. 28 and the Diamond Desert Casino in Tucson, Arizona on Feb. 15. Cosby is still scheduled to perform at a stand-up show on Nov. 21 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida. Netflix and NBC have both halted their respective Cosby projects, and TV Land has chosen to stop airing reruns of the The Cosby Show.