Bill Cosby's stand-up tour has stopped in northern Ohio, where it drew several protesters before the show.

Police in Sandusky had extra officers at the theater while Cosby performed Friday night.

The 77-year-old comedian is facing sexual assault accusations from at least 15 women, with some of the claims dating back decades. He's denied the allegations and has never been charged with a crime.

Bev Penfield was holding a sign reading "Respect women, rape is no joke." She tells The Blade  she felt she had to be there. Protester Cece Hesch says it's about valuing entertainment over "doing the right thing."

Cosby's performances in other states have drawn protests; some have been canceled.

The show in Sandusky was booked months before the controversy began.