A US network has scrapped a project with Bill Cosby, following mounting allegations that the actor sexually assaulted women.
NBC said in a statement: “We can confirm that the Cosby project is no longer in development,” but did not make any further comments.
The announcement comes after the popular streaming website Netflix “postponed” its post-Thanksgiving Cosby stand-up comedy special, according to the Hollywood Reporter website.
Sources reportedly told the website that NBC had received the final script for the project which was not yet set for production.
On Tuesday, actress Janice Dickinson became the third woman in recent weeks to claim that Cosby had assaulted her.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, 59-year-old Dickinson claimed that Cosby had drugged and raped her in 1982, after he invited her to visit him at a hotel in Lake Tahoe, California, where he was performing a stand-up show.
Cosby’s lawyers called Dickinson’s claims “false and outlandish”.
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
1/20 Bill Cosby
Winner of his first Emmy for 'I Spy' is Bill Cosby being congratulated by his wife Camille held at Americana Hotel, 1966
2/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby in 'I Spy', 1960s
3/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby in July 1973 in Perth
4/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor in 'California Suite', 1978
5/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby and Elmo in Sesame Street, 1989
6/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby poses for a picture with Florence Griffith-Joyner in June 1989
7/20 Bill Cosby
Comedian Bill Cosby back in 1992
8/20 Bill Cosby
A scene from a 1992 episode of 'The Cosby Show'
9/20 Bill Cosby
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
10/20 Bill Cosby
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
11/20 Bill Cosby
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
12/20 Bill Cosby
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
13/20 Bill Cosby
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
14/20 Bill Cosby
'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
15/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios on 14 October 2007 in Washington
16/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on 26 October 2009 in Washington
17/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York on 6 April 2011
18/20 Bill Cosby
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
19/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on 11 November 2013 in Washington
20/20 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on 26 September 2014 in Las Vegas
Last week, former model Barbara Bowman accused Cosby of having “drugged and raped” her in 1985, when she was 17-year-old aspiring actress.
Bowman was one of 13 women called to take to the witness stand in 2006 when Andrea Constand claimed that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in his Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
The allegations were firmly denied by Cosby’s lawyers. In 2006, he settled the case with Constand, and the terms of the settlement remain undisclosed.
Publicist Joan Tarshis also alleges she was sexually assaulted by the comedian in 1969. In an account published on the website Hollywood Elsewhere, Ms Tarshis claimed Mr Cosby mixed her a drink at his studio bungalow, and she grew woozy and disoriented.
The actor has consistently strongly denied all the previous allegations.Reuse content