Disney Removes Statue of Bill Cosby After Court Testimony Revelation
Comedian and alleged serial rapist Bill Cosby's star just got a little dimmer: the Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney World has removed his bronze statue from Hollywood Studios.
A Disney World spokeswoman told the Sentinel that the statue would be taken down on Tuesday evening after the park's close. There had been public pressure, as well as an online petition, to scrub Cosby's likeness from Disney's Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza, where it stood among statues of Lucille Ball and Oprah Winfrey. According to Disney's statement, the statue is officially gone as of today.
The decision follows an Associate Press story filed on July 6, which shared unsealed court testimony by Cosby from 2005, in which he admitted that he obtained Quaaludes to dose young women he wanted to have sex with, and said he had in fact already given the drug to at least one woman among "other people." The former Cosby Show star settled that sexual abuse lawsuit in 2006.
Dozens of women have now come forward with rape allegations against Cosby, most of whom stand to gain nothing financially from doing so, due to the statute of limitations. In light of this testimony from the man himself — in addition to a litany of stories claiming Cosby and his lawyers scoffed at accusers' attempts to pursue legal action — those who still believe its false are mostly the sort who think celebrities have magical unicorn powers and are above reproach.
Even singer Jill Scott, who had long chosen to believe Cosby over his 30+ accusers, has changed her views. Explaining her longtime support of Cosby, she wrote, "Many African American men are detained &/or imprisoned for crimes without evidence. I will never jump on bandwagons based on social media or hearsay. Proof will always matter more than public opinion." She tweeted that she'd now gotten her "PROOF" from the only source she'd evidently believe: "Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations."
Director Judd Apatow, who has been vocal in his anger over Cosby's alleged crimes and the series of cover-ups, told Esquire (quote via MTV), "We shouldn’t need Bill Cosby to admit it to believe forty people who were victimized by him.”