Lawyer banned from Bill Cosby comedy show: lawsuit
Bill Cosby’s camp put Gloria Allred on a “security watch list” that illegally banned her from one of his shows during the height of his sex abuse scandal, the lawyer claims in a new First Amendment lawsuit.
The federal court complaint filed Wednesday in Georgia says Allred obtained a ticket to Cosby’s May 2 comedy show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta but was barred at the door after showing her ID.
Allred claims she was directed to a side room where two uniformed Cobb County police officers said they had “bad news” for her.
One of the officers said Allred was on a list of unwelcome protestors compiled by Cosby’s production team, the lawsuit states.
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The famous lawyer claims she told the officer she had no plan to disrupt the public performance, but the cop allegedly said it didn’t matter.
Attorney Gloria Allred said Bill Cosby’s production team added her to a list of unwelcome protestors. As a result, cops wouldn’t let her see a Cosby performance in Atlanta.
The officer told her she would be arrested for criminal trespassing if she didn’t leave, Allred said in a press statement Wednesday.
“I was interested in attending Bill Cosby’s performance in part to gain insight that would help me in the representation of many alleged victims of Bill Cosby whom I represented at that time. I did not intend to disrupt Mr. Cosby’s show,” she said.
Allred said she was appalled to later learn that a Cosby rep labeled peaceful protestors “agitators” in a pre-show email sent to a theater security contact.
“This case is important to all protesters in the future. Performers should not be able to commandeer a police force, as Bill Cosby’s representatives appeared to do, in order to exclude individuals from the performance because they have a different viewpoint than the performer,” she said.
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Bill Cosby’s production team banned Allred from attending one of his performances, she says in a lawsuit.
“Individuals who have tickets and who have committed no crime and who have not threatened to disrupt a performance must be admitted,” she said.
The lawsuit does not name Cosby as a defendant. Instead, it goes after Cobb County and the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority because the theater is government owned and operated.
Beyond acting as plaintiff in the new case, Allred is working on Cosby-related litigation in California as well.
She’s representing Judy Huth in a lawsuit that claims Cosby sexually assaulted Huth inside the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old.
Allred represents more than 20 of the scores of women who claim the “Cosby Show” star sexually assaulted them during his decades-long career.
Cosby has not been charged criminally in connection with the scandal.