Saturday, 6 December 2014

Bill Cosby Walk of Fame Star Vandalized With ''Rapist'' Allegations as Debbie Allen Says Comedian's Reputation Is ''Tarnished'

Much has been said about Bill Cosby in recent weeks as women continue to come forward accusing the comedian of sexual assault, and now, in addition to his reputation, his star has been tarnished as well.

The 77-year-old comedian's star on the Walk of Fame has been vandalized, with the word "rapist" repeatedly written on it in black ink. The damage was discovered on Friday morning, as seen in pics taken by Hip Hop Hollywood, and, according to reports, can still be visibly seen.

"The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees," the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said in a statement with regards to the vandalization. "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."

The damage comes just one day after legendary choreographer Debbie Allen spoke out about the rape allegations in an interview with MSNBC. The Emmy award winner has a lengthy professional history with Cosby as she worked alongside him for years directing A Different World in addition to making appearances on The Cosby Show. Her younger sister, Phylicia Rashad, also starred on the hit sitcom as Clair Huxtable from 1984 to 1982.

"I think it certainly is tarnished...that anyone is asking the question," she said of Cosby's reputation. "Just imagine Mickey Mouse saying that he raped Minnie. Mickey Mouse is part of the fabric of America. Whether he did it or not, the question is being raised."

Allen continued, noting that her sympathies go to Cosby's wife. "Who I really think about is Camille," she said. "Camille is beautiful, and they've gone through so much, with the loss of their son, so many things. This is out of the blue, it's something unexpected. None of us can wrap our minds around it right now."

As for her own personal experience working with Cosby? "He was great," she admitted. "He gave me full license...he put me to work. He wants people to work. He wants it to be changed.

"It was important," she added with a shrug.

Earlier on Thursday, Allen appeared on Today where she echoed her sentiments to Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. "[The scandal] begs to ask a bigger question: Where is the moral spine in America and in the world today? Because how are we raising our daughters, our sons? Where are we looking for the guidance of how we're supposed to live?"

Her musings are particularly noteworthy as many have long considered Cosby a role model. "Cosby gave us one of the greatest shows in history, and redefined the perception of black people all over the world."

Still, despite her professional relationship with the star, Allen is forming her own opinions.

"At the same time, I'm a part of One Billion Rising" she said. "This is a movement for women to stand up against violence and denigration of women. This is a tough situation, and it's just hard to believe."

She added that due to the sheer volume of alleged victims who have come forward (more than twenty women to date), the allegations must be "looked at."

"If there's a problem, then we have to try to get some help for that," she said.

On Wednesday, Cosby broke his silence with regards to the scandal, thanking the celebs who have shown him support. He has also fired back at another accuser on Thursday, who claims she was sexually molested by Cosby at the Playboy Mansion when she was just 15 years old.

The comedian's attorney, Marty Singer, subsequently filed a motion calling for the dismissal of Judy Huth's complaint, which he called "absolutely false" and "untimely" in addition to accusing her of extortion.

Cosby is currently seeking monetary sanctions in addition to the dismissal.

Meanwhile, LAPD Chief Beck announced on Thursday that while no allegations about Cosby have been brought to the department, police are ready to investigate.

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