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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A group of civil rights activists asked the
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce today to remove Bill Cosby’s star from the
Hollywood Walk of Fame in light of continuing allegations that he drugged and
sexually assaulted women, but chamber officials quickly rejected the request.
Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, confirmed
that the chamber had received inquiries about removing Cosby’s star, as well
as that of Donald Trump, who has been under fire in recent weeks for
disparaging comments he made about Mexican immigrants.
“The answer is no,” Gubler said. “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a
registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is
considered part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because
of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”
Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and
Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope sent the chamber a letter calling for the
removal of Cosby’s star, particularly in light of a 2005 court deposition in
which the comedian admitted obtaining quaaludes that he intended to give to
women with whom he wanted to have sex.
“The Walk of Fame is designed to honor entertainment industry notables
who have made positive and wholesome contributions to American culture and
life,” Hutchinson and Ali wrote in their letter. “The walk draws thousands of
visitors and admirers globally each year, to praise and admire these notables.
Drugging and rape are serious crimes and having a star on the walk honoring
Cosby after his admissions of these acts is a gross slap at the industry and
In responding to the request, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce cited a
quote from the late “honorary mayor of Hollywood” Johnny Grant, who once
responded to a similar inquiry 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.”