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Residents of Shelburne Falls reluctantly reckon with Cosby

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By PHILIP MARCELO
Associated Press

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (AP) - Sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby are making it increasingly difficult for locals in a quaint western Massachusetts town to ignore their most famous resident, even if they try.

Some shop owners in downtown Shelburne Falls say they're weary of answering questions about the 78-year-old comedian, who they say never frequented their stores anyway.

Although many Shelburne Falls residents are reluctant to pass judgment, they find themselves pulled into the debate about Cosby as a growing chorus of women raises more allegations.

Most say they wouldn't act any differently if they came across Cosby, who has steadfastly maintained his innocence and never been charged with a crime.

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