Bill Cosby's show in Ohio draws few protesters

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Bill Cosby's stand-up tour stopped in northern Ohio, where it drew just two protesters before the show.

Police in Sandusky say they'll have extra officers at the theater while Cosby is performing Friday night.

The 77-year-old comedian is facing sexual assault accusations from at least 15 women, with some of the claims dating back decades. He's denied the allegations through his attorney and has never been charged with a crime.

Bev Penfield was holding a sign reading "Respect Women. Rape is No Joke." She tells The Blade ( she felt she had to be there. Protester Cece Hesch says it's about valuing entertainment over "doing the right thing."

Cosby's performances in other states have drawn protests; some have been canceled.

The show in Sandusky was booked months before the controversy began.