A local activist said today that hundreds of signatures have been collected on a petition to remove comedian Bill Cosby's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson said the signatures will be presented to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Monday, when Cosby is due to be sentenced in a Pennsylvania courtroom for his felony conviction on sexual abuse charges.
"The campaign to have Cosby's star removed from Hollywood Blvd has garnered thousands of signatures in the past three years and hundreds more have signed after his conviction,'' Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson said. "By keeping the Cosby star and ignoring the demand of thousands for removal the Chamber violates its own rules that an honoree must make worthy contributions to the community. Cosby's horrendous documented sexual abuses hardly qualify as worthy contributions to the community.''
The 81-year-old comedian was found guilty at an April retrial of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his Pennsylvania home in 2004. He's been accused by dozens of women of committing similar crimes, but has maintained his innocence.
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The chamber has never removed a marker from the Walk of Fame and turned down a 2015 request to remove Cosby's star.
Hutchison added that the campaign will continue to gather signatures.