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By Eric Dodds
July 9, 2015

In spite of the recent spates of controversy surrounding Bill Cosby and Donald Trump, neither will have his star removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope sent a letter to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Walk, asking that Cosby’s star be removed, but they were rebuffed.

“The answer is no,” Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive, said in an emailed statement to the Los Angeles Times. “Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”

Cosby, who has been the subject of numerous sexual assault allegations over the last year, admitted in a 2005 deposition released earlier this week that he had obtained Quaaludes for the purpose of giving to women that he wanted to have sex with.

Trump has faced scandal of his own in recent weeks. During his presidential campaign announcement speech, Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists.” His comments led NBC, Univision Macy’s and other businesses to cut ties with the embattled real estate mogul.

[Los Angeles Times]


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