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Activists want Bill Cosby's star removed from the Walk of Fame

2015-07-10 15:04

Los Angeles — Here are the latest developments from the release of court documents indicating Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

A coalition of black civil rights activists is calling on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove Bill Cosby's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The activists, including Earl Ofari Hutchinson, called for the star's removal Thursday.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce released a statement saying it has never removed a star from the walk and will not do so in Cosby's case.

Most of the activists previously remained largely neutral on the allegations against Cosby. But they made the request after recently released court documents from a 2005 deposition, where Cosby acknowledged buying Quaaludes to drug women he wanted to have sex with.

More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. The comedian denied some accusations and has not addressed the others.

College name change

A historically black college in southwest Ohio says it's considering changing the title of a building named for comedian Bill Cosby.

Officials at Central State University in Wilberforce earlier said the name of its Cosby Communications Center would remain intact, but President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said in a statement Wednesday the name will be "discussed appropriately."

Jackson-Hammond calls the circumstances around the comedian's situation "troublesome and disappointing to all."

The Dayton Daily News reports that the Cosby family has donated more than $2m to the university. A decision on the building's name is expected from the school soon.

'Revoke medal of Freedom'

A group supporting sexual assault victims is petitioning President Barack Obama to revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment launched the campaign Wednesday through the White House's "We the People" website.

The group says it is working with women who have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

It's collected about 2 000 signatures in less than a day.

President George W Bush presented the nation's highest civilian honour to Cosby in 2002, citing his revolutionary portrayal of blacks on television and his interest and dedication to education.

The group's executive director says: "Bill Cosby's name does not belong among this distinguished list."

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