Premier Kathleen Wynne is not amused that embattled comedian Bill Cosby is performing in Ontario this week.
“There are very serious allegations against this man and certainly until those are sorted out I would certainly not go to a performance,” Wynne said Tuesday of Cosby, who faces numerous allegations of sexual assault dating back decades.
“It’s up to the organizers to make those decisions, but I certainly wouldn’t attend until it was sorted out,” she said.
Progressive Conservative MPP Michael Harris (Kitchener-Conestoga) said he would also not be attending Wednesday’s Cosby show in Kitchener. The 77-year-old comedian is also set to perform in London on Thursday and Hamilton on Friday.
Harris urged ticket-holders to instead redeem their ducats at an alternate “Voices Carry” event being held at a pub in downtown Kitchener on Wednesday to promote awareness of domestic violence.
“I look forward to attending that event,” he said.
Cosby issued a statement Tuesday urging people who attend his performances to remain calm if a show is interrupted and to “not confront the person making the disruption.”
At least 10 shows on Cosby’s current tour were cancelled or postponed because of the scandal, but his appearances in the three Ontario cities will proceed, despite local opposition.
- With files from The Canadian Press