Officials At The Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Have Defended Their Decisions Not To Remove Bill Cosby's Star From The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Insisting It's "A Part Of The Historic Fabric" Of The Tourist Attraction.
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Chamber president Leon Gubler tells WENN he and his associates have been asked to get rid of the Cosby star amid the comedian's ongoing sex abuse scandal, and requests have increased his week (beg06Jul15) after the deposition from the funnyman's 2005 sexual misconduct trial was released to the media.
In it, Cosby testified he obtained drugs with the intent of giving them to ladies he wanted to sleep with.
Despite the latest information, Gubler and his partners at the HCC have refused to dig up Cosby's star.
He says, "The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received inquiries asking whether we are planning to remove the star of Bill Cosby. The answer is no. 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."
A Chamber spokesman adds, "The late Johnny Grant, who chaired the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee for many years, made the following statement when asked this question: 'Stars are awarded for professional achievement to the world of entertainment and contributions to the community. A celebrity's politics, philosophy, irrational behaviour, outrageous remarks or anything like that have never been cause to remove a Walk of Fame star.'"
The news comes hours after campaigners at PAVE (Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment) launched a petition urging U.S. President Barack Obama to take the unprecedented step of stripping Cosby of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honour, which he received in 2002.