Disney to remove a statue of Bill Cosby

Disney is removing a statue of Bill Cosby from its Hollywood Studios theme park, following further revelations in sex abuse scandal surrounding comedian

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A spokeswoman for the company said, Disney will remove a statue of Bill Cosby from its Hollywood Studios theme park, after allegations that the comedian drugged multiple women before sexually assaulting them.

The statue of Cosby is in Disney’s Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza which is located alongside representations of celebrities like Lucille Ball and Oprah Winfrey. It will be taken down after the park shuts at 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

Broadcasters Bounce and Centric TV have also announced that they will no longer screen reruns of Cosby and The Cosby Show.

Over two dozen women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, with the accusations dating back to the 1970s.

Cosby has denied the claims and has not been criminally charged. However, according to court documents discovered by the Associated Press on 6 July, the court settled a 2006 lawsuit that revealed the comedian had obtained sedatives with the intention of giving them to a woman he planned to have sex with.

Martin Singer, Cosby’s lawyer, released a statement calling the claims “unsubstantiated,” “ridiculous” and “an absurd fabrication.”

TRTWorld and agencies