The bronze statue of disgraced comedian Bill Cosby will be hauled out of Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Tuesday night at the same a local woman’s petition gains traction.
The announcement of the removal came one day after testimony from Cosby came to light, involving him drugging women before having sex with them.
“To not be able to walk through Disney without having that difficult encounter, it makes me sad,” said Brittany Gavrilova, whose aunt is one of the alleged victims. “Like, wow, this person hurt a family member of mine.”
She started an online petition seven months ago asking Disney to remove the Cosby statue. More than 250 supporters have signed the petition.
The Cosby statue, which sits at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza, was meant to be a tribute to the Golden Age of television, but is now being called into question after dozens of allegations surfaced.
On Tuesday a confession from Cosby was released to the public. In 2005 he testified that he bought drugs to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
“Especially now that a document has been released where he has admitted to it, I don’t think that someone like that should be placed on a pedestal, especially where people bring their families,” Gavrilova said.
Disney officials said the Cosby bust will be removed after the park closes Tuesday, but would not confirm the reasoning behind the removal.