Bill Cosby’s Walk of Fame star to stay, other honors scrutinized
Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will not be removed, organizers said on Thursday (July 9), but other honors given to Cosby came under assault in the face of mounting sexual abuse allegations against him.
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk,” Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the iconic pink and gold stars, said in a statement.
Gubler was responding to a call from a small Los Angeles activist group following Cosby’s admission that 10 years ago he obtained powerful sedatives with the aim of giving them to women to have sex.
Crosby, 77, has not been criminally charged and his attorneys have denied the allegations.
Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded in 2002, has also been questioned. A national non-profit on sexual assault prevention, PAVE, had gathered some 2,900 signatures by Thursday in a petition asking the White House to revoke the medal. Some 100,000 signatures are needed before the White House will review such petitions.