Bill Cosby has ignored the stream of sexual assault allegations against him in his first video message to fans since the furore started - instead reminding people to attend his next stand-up show, promising that he will be "hilarious".
Despite over 20 women coming forward since last year to accuse the American comedian of sexual assault over a number of decades, Cosby decided to simply release a video of himself telling an unknown caller: "Yes, I'm going to be at Wheeling, West Virginia Capitol Music Hall. 8 o'clock show, that's right. And you know I'll be hilarious, can't wait."
The video only lasts 10 seconds and shows Cosby wearing fuchsia-coloured satin pyjamas.
However, a note that accompanied the video did appear to subtly address the controversy that has plagued Cosby's stand-up tour in recent months.
"Dear fans," the note read. "I hope you enjoy my wonderful video message that's filled with laughter...Hey, hey, hey, I'm far from finished."
A number of Cosby's shows have been cancelled due to the sexual assault allegations, and some of the shows that have gone ahead have been marred by hecklers.
Upcoming shows in Ohio and Kentucky have been cancelled, adding to the four that were called off last month.
Cosby has not been charged in relation to the numerous allegations and the comedian has denied many of the claims.
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
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Winner of his first Emmy for 'I Spy' is Bill Cosby being congratulated by his wife Camille held at Americana Hotel, 1966
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Bill Cosby in 'I Spy', 1960s
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Bill Cosby in July 1973 in Perth
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Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor in 'California Suite', 1978
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Bill Cosby and Elmo in Sesame Street, 1989
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Bill Cosby poses for a picture with Florence Griffith-Joyner in June 1989
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Comedian Bill Cosby back in 1992
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A scene from a 1992 episode of 'The Cosby Show'
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US Monica Seles breaks into laughter as she jokes with comedian Bill Cosby during a celebrity match in the stadium at the US Open for the Arthur Ashe AIDS Challenge on 27 August 1995
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Bill Cosby meets Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star Joe Carter after the Stars played the Stripes in the Celebrity All-Star game which preceded workouts for the 67th All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium on 8 July 1996 in Philadephia
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Co-hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby joke with each other during the opening of the 2000 Essence Awards 14 April 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
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Bill Cosby jokes with baseball great Hank Aaron after they both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award from U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony on 9 July 2002 at the White House in Washington
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Bill Cosby poses backstage after winning the 'Bob Hope Humanitarian Award' during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on 21 September 2003 in Los Angeles
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'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno and comedian Bill Cosby laugh during a surprise visit by Cosby to sign a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Leno is using to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at NBC studios on 9 September 2005 in Burbank, California
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Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios on 14 October 2007 in Washington
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Bill Cosby at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on 26 October 2009 in Washington
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Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York on 6 April 2011
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Bill Cosby during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund, 2012
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Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on 11 November 2013 in Washington
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Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on 26 September 2014 in Las Vegas
The 77-year-old actor has been accused of multiple sexual assaults by a number of women dating as far back as the 1970s.
Cosby is being sued for defamation by three women and another woman has filed a civil suit against him. Lawyers acting for Cosby asked a judge last month to throw out the defamation case.Reuse content