LOS ANGELES — A coalition of black civil rights activists is calling on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove Bill Cosby’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The activists, including Earl Ofari Hutchinson, called for the star’s removal Thursday.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce released a statement saying it has never removed a star from the walk and will not do so in Cosby’s case. The statement also said that it will keep Donald Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame as well, despite his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.
Here is the full statement from Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO and president, Leron Gubler:
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received inquiries asking whether we are planning to remove the stars of Donald Trump and 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.
The chamber also explained that former Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee Chair Johnny Grant previously replied to calls for stars’ removals by saying: “Stars are awarded for professional achievement to the world of entertainment and contributions to the community. A celebrity’s politics, philosophy, irrational behavior, outrageous remarks or anything like that have never been cause to remove a Walk of Fame star.”
Most of the activists previously remained largely neutral on the allegations against Cosby. But they made the request after recently released court documents from a 2005 disposition, where Cosby acknowledged buying Quaaludes to drug women he wanted to have sex with.
More than two dozen women have accused Crosby of sexual misconduct. The comedian denied some accusations and has not addressed the others.