Cleaning crews have been tasked with removing vandalism from Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Associated Press reported Friday, Dec. 5.
The damage to Cosby's star was discovered Thursday by Houston TV station KRIV Fox 26, which posted a photo submitted by a viewer. In the pic, the word "rapist" is scribbled atop the red symbol three times in dark ink.
Cosby's star was commissioned and installed on the Walk of Fame in 1977, when Cosby was a seasoned TV star and popular standup comedian.
The embattled 77-year-old Cosby Show lead is currently facing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and assault by more than 20 women. His lawyer Marty Singer filed papers on Thursday, refuting the claims of one woman who alleged she was underage when Cosby solicited sexual acts from her.
On Friday, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce released a statement about the vandalism. "The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees," it read. "When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways then to vandalize a California State landmark. The star is being cleaned up at this time."
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