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Friday night, a group of hecklers infiltrated the third and final Canadian show of 77-year-old comedian Billy Cosby, who has recently faced sexual assault allegations by over 15 different women. Cosby denies the allegations, many of which go back decades, and has not formally been charged.

The hecklers stood at one point during Friday’s show and began chanting “we believe the women” repeatedly before marching out of the venue. The in-show protest took place moments after Cosby had acknowledged that disturbances were a possibility. “Whatever happens here tonight if there’s some sort of outburst, we just have to remain calm and things will be taken care of. It oughtn’t last that long,” he had advised the audience.

The protest came despite the venue’s attempt to increase security after a heckler during last night’s show screamed out, “You’re a rapist!” Cosby responded by asking the audience to remain quiet and patient while the man was removed from the building. He then continued with his comedy routine.

Cosby also raised a few eyebrows during the second performance as well, when he made a joke concerning the recent allegations. When a woman in the audience offered him a drink, several people in the crowd say Cosby responded, “You have to be careful about drinking around me.” Later comments from audience members concerning the joke ranged from amused to shocked.

Though the first of the three shows saw no protesters enter the theater, they have been present outside the show’s various venues each night. The three Canadian shows were the first for Cosby since a series of shows starting in November were canceled due to controversy surrounding the allegations. Cosby has also been forced to shelve 2 Television programs for the same reason in the past year.

Cosby, best known for his role in The Cosby Show of the 1980’s, thanked the remaining audience members after the hecklers had left the venue during his final performance. “I want to thank all of you here tonight because you stayed with what you believed in,” he said.