NBC has canceled plans to develop a new Bill Cosby comedy amid new sexual assault allegations against the comedian and actor.
The project is no longer in development, according to an e-mailed statement from the network, part of Comcast Corp. It never advanced as far as a delivered script, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and sought anonymity.
The show is the second project to be sidelined in the wake of sexual assault allegations against the 77-year-old Mr. Cosby. Netflix yesterday dropped plans to run a stand-up comedy special starting Nov. 28.
Joan Tarshis came forward on Nov. 16, writing on the entertainment site Hollywood Elsewhere about an alleged incident in 1969. Another woman, model Janice Dickinson, told Entertainment Tonight she was sexually assaulted by Mr. Cosby in 1982. Barbara Bowman published a Washington Post op-ed last week reiterating past accusations Mr. Cosby raped her when she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress.
Mr. Cosby, who broke racial barriers with TV's "I Spy" in the 1960s and "The Bill Cosby Show" in the 1980s, declined to comment when asked about the allegations in an interview with National Public Radio that aired on Nov. 15. He has never been charged with a crime involving the allegations.
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