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Cosby's comeback cut over rape claims

NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of The Cosby Show, moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her.

NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said the Cosby sitcom "is no longer under development". A TV Land representative said the reruns will stop airing immediately for an indefinite time. The Cosby Show also was to have been part of a Thanksgiving sitcom marathon.

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The NBC sitcom and Cosby Show reruns joined a Netflix Cosby stand-up comedy special, which was indefinitely postponed late Tuesday, as mounting evidence of Cosby's faltering career.

They occurred a day after model Janice Dickinson, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she'd been assaulted by Cosby - charges strongly denied by the comedian's lawyer.

The developments, which involve allegations that were widely reported a decade ago as well as new accusations, have gravely damaged the 77-year-old comedian's reputation as America's TV dad at a time when he was launching a comeback.

Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations.

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