Bill Cosby’s star will not be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame despite protests from a coalition of African-American civil rights leaders. A star has never been removed from the Walk of Fame before and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce claim the Walk of Fame is part of the ‘historic fabric’ of Los Angeles.
Bill Cosby's star will remain on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Apparently that means including the extremely ugly side of entertainment history. Cosby stands accused of sexually assaulting a number of women after reportedly confessing to drugging them, as the NY Daily News reports. The 77-year-old comedian has denied all allegations against him. The LAPD have reportedly reopened an investigation into the allegations.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce denied a request by a group of civil rights activists to remove the star. According to the Chicago Tribune, author Earl Ofari Hutchinson, a hugely influential activist and author, is amongst those calling for the star’s removal.
The activists also called for Donald Trump’s star to be removed after the business tycoon and wannabe Presidential candidate made comments about Mexican immigrants. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has also refused to remove Trump’s star.
"The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received inquiries asking on whether we are planning to remove the stars of Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. The answer is no," a spokesperson for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said in a statement released on Thursday (9th July).
"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."