Paul Mooney Cancels Comedy Show Appearances Following Richard Pryor Jr. Molestation Claim
Mooney was scheduled to perform at the Atlanta Comedy Theater on Wednesday and Thursday.
According to TMZ, Mooney was scheduled to appear at the Atlanta Comedy Theater on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but has since canceled because of “health reasons.” Mooney was going to serve as the MC for the night’s event, which included other comedians.
TMZ’s report also included a picture of a sign on the door of the venue which read: “ATTENTION!! Paul Mooney is NOT on show tonight due to health reasons. We will transfer purchase to Faizon Love or Donnell Rawlings. Let box office know.”
A representative for Mooney told TMZ that the allegations made against the comedian by Pryor’s former bodyguard “have seriously stressed” him out, and that he’ll be “canceling all of his scheduled appearances in the next few weeks until things simmer down.”
Previously, Rashon Kahn shared how Pryor and Mooney’s longtime friendship soured after the former learned that Mooney had slept with Richard Pryor Jr. Kahn goes on to say that the pair’s relationship became fragile from 1986’s Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (the semi-autobiographical film starring Pryor) and onward, “because Paul Mooney had f**ked Richard’s son by that time.”
“Paul took advantage of the situation,” Kahn continues. “There was a time where Paul Mooney was Richard’s friend. So when Paul did what he did it was a violation of friendship first, then ‘my son.’ And in some circles, that’s supposed to be dealt with.”
Kahn also goes on to say that this happened when Pryor’s son was a “little boy.”
Kahn also claims that Pryor was willing to give someone a million dollars to kill Mooney. Initially, the bodyguard didn’t believe him and assumed that Pryor was just high. However, after seeing how adamant the comedian was about having the hit done, Kahn learned that Mooney sleeping with Pryor’s son was the reason behind the hit request.
Since then, TMZ also spoke with Pryor Jr. about the claim, to which he said, “Whatever happened in my life, it happened when I was young. Way before the ’80s.”