A Bill Cosby statue has reportedly been removed from Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park following the comedian’s admission that he bought Quaaludes intending to give them to women he wanted to have sex with.
An online petition has been circulating for months calling for the removal of the bronze bust, which stands in the park’s Hall of Fame Plaza. Cosby sat among other celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Lucille Ball and Walt Disney himself.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a Walt Disney World spokesperson confirmed the statue was removed on Tuesday evening following the park’s closure, but declined to comment further.
It comes after news that Cosby admitted in 2005 that he bought the drug to give to women with the intent of having sex with them.
The confession formed part of a lawsuit which Cosby settled in 2006, the details of which his lawyers have tried to repress, citing a ‘firestorm’ of bad publicity should the news become public.
However, Judge Eduardo C. Robreno ruled on Monday that the private documents should be revealed because of Cosby’s high profile.
In the past year, dozens of women have come forward claiming Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them as far back as 40 years ago.Reuse content