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NBC, Netflix call off Cosby shows amid sex abuse allegations

Former model Janice Dickinson claims that the comedian raped her in 1982.

American comedian, actor & television producer, Bill Cosby. Picture: Bill Cosby Facebook page.

LOS ANGELES - Another Bill Cosby project has been shelved in light of new allegations of sexual assault that have been levelled against the comedian.

A comedy show from American TV broadcaster, NBC, has been cancelled following a claim by former model Janice Dickinson that the comedian raped her in 1982.

The Hollywood reporter says US network TV land has pulled past episodes of The Cosby Show, which have been in syndication since the series ended in 1992, from its channel due to air over the upcoming holidays.

This comes after Netflix postponed a comedy special from Cosby, and NBC dropped a show it was working on with him.

However, Cosby hasn't yet publicly addressed the most recent claim, one of at least six levelled against him, but his lawyer has called the claims "an outrageous defamatory lie."

Cosby's representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the NBC and Netflix cancellations.

The damage to Cosby's career reached the reruns of The Cosby Show, a top-rate NBC comedy in which he played his most famous role as the affable patriarch, Dr Cliff Huxtable.

A spokeswoman for Viacom Inc's basic cable channel TV Land said the show is being pulled from its schedule, without commenting further.

The 77-year-old Cosby is fighting to protect one of the most storied careers in stand-up comedy and television.

He is scheduled to go ahead with a performance on Friday at a sold-out show in Florida, the King Center for the Performing Arts said on its website on Wednesday.

Comcast Corp-owned NBC said in a statement that "the Cosby project is no longer in development," while declining to comment further.

The project was still in its early stages, with no script delivered and no production date secured.

Allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted several young women decades ago gained renewed attention after comedian Hannibal Buress called him a rapist during a stand-up comedy routine last month.

Neither NBC nor Netflix referred to the accusations in their statements.

Representatives for Dickinson did not respond to a request for comment.

CBS said Dickinson will appear on the show on Wednesday to address Cosby's lawyers.

It's not known if any of these allegations will be taken to court at this stage.

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