Officials in Wheeling are preparing for Bill Cosby’s visit to the Friendly City. For months now women have come forward accusing the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
Despite the controversy and allegations, Cosby confirmed through a video message released Monday that he will perform in Wheeling on March 14 at the Capitol Theatre.
Over the past few months several shows have been cancelled due to accusations of sexual misconduct against the 77-year-old comedian. Dennis Magruder the Executive Director of the Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority says there are legal obligations in place, which leave the theatre with few options.
“We are dealing with a reputable, credible promoter who has booked this building. We have a contract with the promoter to provide this date. So at this point we don’t have a lot of legal choices,” he said. “Mr. Cosby has not been convicted. There is no reason why he can’t play there.”
Magruder went on to say that he is aware Cosby’s appearance may upset some people and understands if they decide not to attend the show. At this point however, ticket sales are final.
There are no refunds available at this point. That is not a decision of the theatre,” he said. It’s a decision of the promoter and of Mr. Cosby’s agent.”
Wheeling has hosted controversial artist in the past, like Marilyn Manson, without incident. A security plan is in place however, and disruption inside the theatre will not be tolerated.
The show is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14.