Bill Cosby statue removed from Disney World

Bill Cosby statue courtesy of Walt Disney WorldTuesday night after Disney World closed, a statue of Bill Cosby was removed from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza permanently, as confirmed by a Disney spokesperson.

For months there have been accusations and speculation surrounding comedian, film and television star Bill Cosby in regards to allegations of him drugging women with the intention of taking advantage of them sexually.

Court documents unsealed by U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno and made public on Monday by the Associated Press revealed Cosby acknowledged in 2005 to using Quaaludes to drug women with whom he intended to have sex.

Since last year over 40 women have come forward accusing Cosby of these acts and until now have not have any substantiated evidence. An aunt of one of the victims had started an online petition for Disney to have the statue removed. Now that the statue is gone, Disney World can resume its status as the “Happiest Place on Earth.” ~Greg Chisholm

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  1. martha • July 9, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

    about time it was removed

  2. brian • July 9, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

    It may be hard to prove but I believe he is guilty. If found not guilty at a trial, the bust should MAYBE be placed back.
    But the racist violence in the U.S. is a far more important problem. We all bleed the same way.

  3. David • July 9, 2015 @ 10:52 AM

    Wow !! Good for Disney- World!! Hard to prove? Over 40 women came forward? Shame on you Bill Crosby!! Men up and turn yourself in:)

  4. John • July 9, 2015 @ 1:08 PM

    Rather shame on Disney World and you pin-heads for forgetting all the previous years of movies [and Disney`s too],tv series and enjoyable entertainment which influenced and spawned other good quality family entertainment. All of that has NOT been lost, but forgotten by some. How fickle the fans are.
    And it`s ‘man up’ not ‘men up’.

  5. Donnie • July 9, 2015 @ 1:14 PM

    It’s not a small world after all. I Spy with my little eye something that goes ‘Poof’.

  6. Laura • July 9, 2015 @ 1:48 PM

    Excellent!

  7. Rob • July 9, 2015 @ 2:06 PM

    “40 women coming forward” is not good enough. If and when they testify under oath and Cosby is proven guilty in a court of law, the statue should for sure be removed, in fact it should be destroyed. Cosby should face a long prison term also. But…Until then he is legally innocent, and the statue should have been left alone. Guilt by innuendo is a very slippery slope.

  8. Leah • July 9, 2015 @ 2:39 PM

    John, are you suggesting that if Cosby were to be found guilty, which is looking like the outcome, we should forget that because he is a celebrity? I sincerely hope not, as it is his celebrity status that allowed him to prey on women with no repercussions for as long as he did.

  9. Pamela • July 9, 2015 @ 2:57 PM

    To say I feel betrayed may be a little dramatic but that is exactly how I feel. He was always part of my life and I loved his earlier comic routines…Fat Albert etc…..and then fell “in love” with the fatherly figure of Dr Huxtable. Let this be alesson to all…an actor is not his personna….he is ONLy an actor.
    He reminds me of the many priests who took advantage of their position of trust.
    There mustbe so many people in his life who are devastated…..how could you come to terms with such a devious nature?
    My daughter and I are quite literally heartbroken as these allegations appear more and more founded…..but I am keeping a little window of hope open.

  10. baya • July 9, 2015 @ 3:06 PM

    If 40 women have come forward then within that bundle is truth there. So many times there have been written articles of accusatory things about certain actors that they have denied happened, only to have to recant or be shamed because the truth was there.
    Cosby gave the persona of a squeaky clean man…but there are skeletons in his closet too

  11. Maxine • July 9, 2015 @ 3:38 PM

    I would really like this not to be true, but what makes me think it is, is that he’s on tape saying he wants drugs so he can drug women and have sex with him. If that’s not incriminating, I don’t know what is. I don’t know how his wife can stand by him now. She must have had some inkling of his nature.

  12. MA • July 9, 2015 @ 4:27 PM

    There seems little doubt he is guilty. You cannot brush aside the complaints of 49 women and he himself has practically admitted to it, even tho the two women concerned were bought off (shame on them!!!). Sad that he will NOT be remembered for the great entertainment he provided for so many years, that will all be forgotten and he will be remembered ONLY as a rapist. He has cast a huge stain over his whole family who have stood by him but in all conscience, how can they now? I do not believe his wife was unaware of this….she MUST have had an inkling of his perverse needs…she has probably suffered through him too but had to keep up appearances..after all, she had a nice, lavish life with him. Time to cut him loose. He is a sick, perverted man and needs to be punished for what he has done to these women.

  13. Neil • July 9, 2015 @ 8:30 PM

    I am ethically torn. The statue was there to honour Bill Cosby’s work as an actor and comedian. I grew up on “I Spy” with Cosby and Culp, and enjoyed it, and with Cosby’s humour records and appearances on variety shows, and there is no doubt he was accomplished at his job, and for that deserved the honours he received for his job.

    However, he has been very evasive about his other activities, the women who made accusations seem to be sincere, and the recent release of the court transcripts does further place credence to their accusations. If those are true (and I tend to believe they are, but I am not a law officer or on a jury) he should probably spend time in jail, or if the statute (as opposed to the statue) of limitations is over, perhaps his victims can sue him civilly. The questions for me are: Did his celebrity keep these women from reporting him sooner because they thought they would not be believed, or did law enforcement ignore reports that were made because of Cosby’s status?

    If he is guilty, that makes him an accomplished actor and comedian, AND a sexual predator. Many entertainers have allowed their egos to get them into major trouble, or they suffer from psychopathologies which have harmed other people, including family members. Bing Crosby and Joan Crawford apparently abused their children, Sean Penn and Russel Crow have assaulted people, Frank Sinatra had mob connections, and many others have criminal records of one type or another. Do we erase these people from the face of the planet? Do we not acknowledge their professional accomplishments? Or do we allow people to see them as they are, flawed, some very flawed, who also had careers which provided something of value to others.

    We do not erase the history books of Attila the Hun or Hitler, and no one will deny that these people were brilliant military strategists as well as ruthless bloodthirsty and awful people who promoted the murder of thousands to millions of innocent men, women and children.

    Maybe, Disney World should have left the statue there, and visitors could stick chewing gum on it to express how they feel about them man in spite of his artistic accomplishments, or maybe that’s why they removed it, because they were concerned it would be vandalized?

    Maybe this should be a reminder to all of us that celebrities are first just people and should be treated more as that, celebrated for there accomplishments, and otherwise judged by the same ethics we expect of everyone else.

  14. Micki • July 9, 2015 @ 9:51 PM

    Excellent. Disney took the right step. Hopefully all these women who were young girls at the time feel a little better. This is the problem making these movie stars etc. idols. They think they can do whatever pleases them and can get away with it as he did for 30+ years or more. He should be pistol whipped. Puts him in the same category as Michael Jackson with young boys, makes me sick to think people are making his estate richer by buying his music.

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