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A statue of comedian Bill Cosby reportedly is being removed from Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando, Fla.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a Walt Disney World spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday evening that the statue would be removed from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza after the park closed at 10 p.m.
On Monday, news surfaced that Cosby testified in 2005 that he gave women drugs for the purpose of sex. In a Sept. 29, 2005, deposition, Cosby was asked: “When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?”
The comedian replied, “Yes.”
The court papers remained private until U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno agreed to open up the records Monday.
Brittany Gavrilova, whose aunt is one of Cosby’s alleged victims, started an online petition seven months ago asking Disney to remove the bronze statue, according to Orlando news station WESH. “To not be able to walk through Disney without having that difficult encounter, it makes me sad,” said Gavrilova. WESH reported that Disney would not confirm the reasoning behind the removal of the statue.
12:38 p.m., July 8: A Walt Disney World spokeswoman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the Cosby bust statue has been removed.
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