Vandals write 'serial rapist' on Bill Cosby's Walk of Fame star
Bill Cosby, once known as 'America’s dad' for his role on the sitcom 'The Cosby Show', was given a star on the Walk of Fame in November 1977
Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been vandalized for the second time in four years. This time, the star was scrawled with a tag that read “serial rapist.”
The Los Angeles Police Department stated on Tuesday that they have scrubbed off the words scrawled in black marker off from the comedian's plaque and are looking into the incident. It’s not clear when exactly the message was written but cops heard about it at about 5:30 am Tuesday, Officer Mike Lopez told the Los Angeles Times.
The word “rapist” was written on Cosby’s eponymous pink star in marker in 2014 as multiple women accused him of sexually assaulting them over the years. Since then, 60 women have accused him of sexual abuse. 81-year-old Cosby was found guilty during an April retrial of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his Pennsylvania home in 2004. He is expected to be sentenced September 24.
Bill Cosby, once known as “America’s dad” for his role on the sitcom 'The Cosby Show', was given a star on the Walk of Fame in November 1977. The official website of Walk of Fame highlights his television and stand-up comedy career and calls him a “sought-after spokesman.”
However, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has said it will not remove stars of controversial public figures such as Cosby. “Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Leron Gubler, former Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive, said in 2015. “Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk."
This particular incident was condemned by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and a statement was released in USA Today. “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive professional contributions of the inductees," the statement read. "When people are angry with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark."