The LA tourist attraction has confirmed that actor Bill Cosby’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star will not be removed, despite his recent conviction for sexual assault.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce stated that while it’s “regrettable” when celebrities’ personal lives don’t live up to “public standard and expectations”, the Hollywood stars represent their professional achievements and are permanent fixtures.
Bill Cosby has recently been convicted to a prison sentence of 3 to 10 years for sexual assault, being described as a “sexually violent predator” by a judge in Pennsylvania.
The disgraced actor is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be jailed, convicted back in April for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, an employee of Temple University, at his Philadelphia home 14 years ago.
His defence stated they will appeal against the conviction, and spokesman Andrew Wyatt accused the trial of being “the most sexist and racist” in American history.
Bill Cosby was best known as “America’s Dad” for his role on The Cosby Show as Doctor Huxtable, and that saw his star unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard in 1977, where unfortunately, it will seem to remain.
Shortly after his sentence on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce confirmed it would stay in place.
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a historical record of entertainment figures past and present,” the spokeswoman stated. “Once installed, the stars become part of the historic fabric of the Walk of Fame, a ‘designated historic cultural landmark’, and are intended to be permanent. The stars only commemorate the recipient’s professional accomplishments.”
“It is regrettable when the personal lives of inductees do not measure up to public standards and expectations; however, the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce does not remove stars from the Walk Of Fame.”
There are currently more than 2,600 celebrity names on stars along the pavements of Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. Whenever a particular celebrity is nominated, whoever does so, usually pays a $40,000 to get their star installed.
Since being exposed, Bill Cosby’s star has been vandalised twice, with someone writing “Serial Rapist” over his name. There have also been calls to remove Kevin Spacey’s star, which he received in 1999, following accusations of sexual assault.
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Story by Emily Clark
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