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NBC and Netflix pull Cosby shows in wake of sexual assault allegations

US broadcaster NBC and streaming service Netflix have halted Bill Cosby projects in the wake of rape and sexual assault allegations.

NBC had a new Cosby sitcom in development, which they last night announced has been scrapped while Netflix has postponed a special broadcast marking the actor and comedian's 77th birthday.

Cosby has been embroiled in controversy for several weeks following the allegations, which he has denied.

Yesterday former supermodel Janice Dickinson claimed she was raped by Cosby in 1982 having met him to discuss a role on his hit show, The Cosby Show.

She told US show Entertainment Tonight that he had given her wine and a tablet and she said, "The next morning I woke up and I wasn't wearing my pyjamas, and I remember before I passed out that i had been sexually assaulted by this man."

She added, "The last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me.  And I remember a lot of pain.  The next morning I remember waking up with my pyjamas off and there was semen in between my legs."

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Dickinson said she believed the other dozen or so women who had come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct over the last 30 years.

Last month Barbara Bowman wrote an editorial in the 'Washington Post' claiming Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 1985 when she was a struggling 17-year-old actress.

On Monday, music publicist Joan Tarshis told CNN she was sexually assaulted by Cosby 45 years ago when she was 19.

In a statement issued at the weekend, his lawyer John P. Schmitt said: "Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr Cosby have resurfaced. The fact they are being repeated does not make them true.

"Mr Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment."

Netflix released a statement saying, "At this time we are postpoing the launch of hte new stand-up copmedy special Bill Cosby 77." whilst NBC simply stated, "We can confirm that hte Cosby project is no longer in development."

Cosby was also due to appear this week on CBS's Late Show with Letterman but this was also cancelled.

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