In the latest fallout for embattled entertainer Bill Cosby, a statue of the comedian was removed Tuesday night from a theme park run by Disney, according to media reports. Meanwhile, ABC News reports that the LAPD confirmed Cosby, 77, faces an open criminal investigation.
The news was part of a flurry of activity on the Cosby front after court documents from 2005 revealed that the comedian admitted giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.
Lawyers for alleged victims of Cosby were vowing today to step up legal action against the entertainer, according to ABC News. The Los Angeles Times notes that more than 45 women have stepped forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Cosby, dating back to the late 1960s.
The LAPD told ABC News it has an open investigation into the Cosby situation and would examine any allegations of sexual assault against Cosby, including cases for which the statute of limitations had expired.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida was removing a bronze bust of Cosby from its Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza. The bust, which was part of a display that also features Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey and other TV Academy Hall of Famers, has been the target of an online petition for months calling for its removal.
Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reported that the cable network Bounce TV, which had been one of the last TV outlets airing Cosby programming, announced plans to pull reruns of “Cosby” from its schedule, effective immediately.
As we reported yesterday, Whoopi Goldberg was one of the few celebrities still defending Cosby, asserting on “The View” that the entertainer had not been proved guilty. Her comments sparked an angry backlash online.