Bill Cosby Statue Removed from Walt Disney World Resort in Wake of Quaaludes Revelation
The statue removal came a day after unsealed court documents from 2005 revealed he obtained drugs to give a woman with the intent of having sex
Walt Disney World is the latest institution to distance itself from Bill Cosby after his legal drama spiraled Monday when unsealed court documents revealed he gave drugs to a woman with the intent of having sex with her.
The statue of the comedian’s bust, located within Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the resort near Orlando, Florida, was removed Tuesday night after the park closed, a park spokesman confirmed to NBC News. The section of the resort also houses tributes to television celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Lucille Ball.
Other businesses that have severed ties with Cosby after the incriminating information became public include Bounce TV, which announced Monday it will no longer air reruns of Cosby, and NBC. Ben’s Chili Bowl restaurant in Washington, D.C., which has featured a large mural of the star and offered him a pass to eat for free, no longer boasted an image of him Tuesday afternoon, according to the Washington Post.
However, the Smithsonian Institution is standing behind a museum exhibition that relies in part on the art collection of Cosby and his wife, Camille, Fox News reported.
Walt Disney World’s move came just a day after a Pennsylvania judge unsealed court documents from a 2005 sex-assault case, in which the TV icon admitted under oath to obtaining quaaludes and giving them to a woman before having sex. (The document excerpts were made public at the request of the Associated Press.)
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The case, brought by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, was settled in 2006 for an undisclosed amount.
There is now an open criminal investigation against the actor, and dozens of women who have come forward in recent months with sexual assault allegations against Cosby said they will pursue new action, ABC News reported.
Cosby’s lawyer, Marty Singer, said in a statement in November after multiple accusers spoke out against his client: “This is utter nonsense. People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy.”