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Bill Cosby: "I'm far from finished"

Bill Cosby has released a statement ahead of his show this weekend in Boston and has one message for fans: "I'm far from finished."

The 77-year-old embattled comedian, who performs on Sunday, said: "Dear Fans: GOD has Blessed me with a wonderful gift to share with all of you. For 53 years I have continued to master this gift, which heals the soul and warms hearts. Laughter! I thank you, the theatre staff (Wilbur Theatre), the event organizers and the Boston Community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment. Hey, Hey, Hey -- I'm Far From Finished."

Despite protests, Bill Cosby remains defiant

The statement comes after weeks of media headlines, scrutiny and a subsequent career downfall for the one-time star of "The Cosby Show."

Over the past couple of months more than 15 women have come forward with stories claiming that the comedian had drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. The alleged incidents date as far back as the 1960s.

Cosby has stayed largely quiet on the matter, though in December he spoke about media "staying neutral" -- and he recently referenced the sexual assault claims at one of his stand-up gigs.

Some of his shows have been pulled, while others have gone on as planned. Other performances have been met by protests with people outside chanting: "Rape is not a joke!" and "No means no!"

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, a castmate on "The Cosby Show," recently told Billboard that it's difficult to see his on-screen dad facing allegations of sexual assault.

"He's one of my mentors, and he's been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor," he told the magazine. "Just as it's painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it's just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this."

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