Walt Disney World removed a statue depicting Bill Cosby from its Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando, Fla. after closing time on Tuesday night (07/07/2015).
The bronze bust’s removal comes just one day after the unsealing of court documents from a 2005 deposition wherein the embattled Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes to give to a woman “he wanted to have sex with.”
Cosby’s bust formerly stood in Hollywood Studios’ Hall of Fame Plaza, right alongside fellow Television Academy Hall of Fame inductees like Walt Disney and Lucille Ball.
Recently, a Change.org petition demanding the statue be removed made its way around the Internet, calling its presence in a Disney park “inappropriate.”
“The Disney name is synonymous with family-friendly entertainment and with Mr. Cosby in the media daily facing accusation of sexual assault with the number of victims ever-climbing, it is inappropriate for Disney Parks to have a replica of Mr. Cosby’s likeness on display,” the petition read.
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