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Netflix Shelves Bill Cosby Comedy Special After Janice Dickinson Goes Public With Rape Claim

Netflix has postponed the release of its Bill Cosby comedy special following a number of sexual assault allegations directed at the comedian, Variety reports.

The comedy special, which was originally slated for a November 28 airing in celebration of Cosby's 77th anniversary, was not given a new release date.

"At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special 'Bill Cosby 77,'" a Netflix representative said in a statement.

A representative for Cosby said the decision was mutual, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes after former model and reality star Janice Dickinson claimed she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby in 1982  in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me," Dickinson said about coming out after over thirty years since the alleged incident took place. "This is the true story. I believe all the other women."

A couple of days before Dickinson's interview, publicist Joan Tarshis came forward to accuse Cosby of rape. Tarshis wrote an essay for Hollywood Elsewhere recounting the two instances she was allegedly assaulted by the comedian.

Barbara Bowman, an Arizona-based artist, wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post on November 13 about allegedly being drugged and raped by Cosby when she was 17.

Cosby's slated Wednesday (November 19) appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" has previously been cancelled, according to CBS, but the reason behind it was not divulged.

"We can't comment on the guest booking process," said "Late Show" representative Kimberly Izzo-Emmet.

In January, it was announced that Cosby will be reuniting with NBC for a new comedy series, The Hollywood Reporter says. The network has yet to issue a statement regarding the status of the forthcoming show.

Cosby has remained silent about the sexual assault allegations.

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