*Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been defaced with the word “rapist” scrawled repeatedly in black ink.
The damage – discovered this morning (Dec. 5), as seen in the pic below taken by Hip Hop Hollywood – comes as multiple sexual abuse allegations against him have surfaced in recent weeks.
“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.”