By Rishi Iyengar
July 8, 2015

Disney will remove a statue of Bill Cosby from its Hollywood Studios theme park, a spokeswoman for the company said Tuesday, following revelations through court documents that support multiple allegations that the veteran comedian drugged multiple women before sexually assaulting them.

The bust of Cosby, located alongside representations of celebrities like Lucille Ball and Oprah Winfrey in Disney’s Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza, will be taken down after the park shuts at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Several companies and businesses are now trying to distance themselves from Cosby, following the release of documents showing that he admitted, during a sworn testimony in 2005, to buying Quaalude, a powerful sedative, with the intention of giving it to women before having sex with them.

Meanwhile, Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington, D.C., restaurant chain that has deep linkages with the 77-year-old comedian — a large mural of Cosby adorns the outside of one of its stores, while a sign behind the counter says he always eats for free — did not have a picture of Cosby up on the wall at its latest outlet set to open on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post.

Moreover, despite Cosby having emceed several major events at Ben’s over the years, including cutting the ribbon at a restaurant opening in Virginia last year, nobody would say whether he would be present at the latest inauguration on D.C.’s burgeoning H Street NE corridor.

Write to Rishi Iyengar at rishi.iyengar@timeasia.com.

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