Bill Cosby statue removed at Disney's Hollywood Studios after sedatives-before-sex admission
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 08:20 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 11:31 AM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney World officials say a bronze statue of Bill Cosby is being removed from the Hollywood Studios theme park.
Local news outlets report the statue was being removed after the park closed Tuesday night. Disney offered no other comment.
The removal of the statute at Disney's Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza came after court documents unsealed on Monday revealed that Cosby testified in 2005 that he'd obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.
The 77-year-old Cosby hasn't commented on the documents, which were secret for a decade until Monday, after The Associated Press went to court to get them released. He has never been charged with a crime and has repeatedly denied sexual assault allegations.
A bust of actor and comedian Bill Cosby at Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando. (AP files/Tony Winton)
Bill Cosby statue removed at Disney's Hollywood Studios after sedatives-before-s
Bill Cosby sex case: Toronto woman speaks to Sun
, Toronto Sun First posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 06:10 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 08:58 AM EDT
While she still backs efforts to support victims of sexual assault, Toronto's Andrea Constand says she has moved on from her heavy ordeal involving Bill Cosby.
"It doesn't define me," Constand cordially told me Tuesday. "I don't want to talk about Cosby. It's in the past. I have a whole other life and I am happy."
The former Temple University employee alleged Cosby sexually assaulted her--one of the first of many women to make highly publicized accusations against the comedian.
The shocking release of a once-sealed court document that says Cosby admitted in 2005 to giving her drugs shook up Constand's world once again.
The former director of operations for the women's basketball team at Philadelphia's Temple University became friends with the entertainment icon in 2002, when she was in her late 20s.
Cosby, who studied physical education at Temple in the 1960s and served on its board of trustees for decades until last year, would often attend games.
According to court filings, Constand attended parties and private dinners at Cosby's Philadelphia home.
A court document brought to light by The Philadelphia Inquirer says Cosby
acknowledged under oath that he supplied Quaaludes to a 19-year-old woman in Las Vegas in the 1970s and told the court he had given Constand "three half-pills of Benadryl."
The Inquirer reported Constand's claim was whatever the "blue" pills were, they made her "semiconscious."
She alleged Cosby touched her breasts and crotch and put her hand on his *****.
Constand's allegations were never tested in criminal court and Cosby has never faced charges.
Constand's civil case against Cosby was settled out of court.
Court documents were sealed for a decade.
Despite objections from Cosby's lawyers, portions of the testimony from that case, requested by The Inquirer, have now been made public.
Constand has never spoken to media about the matter.
"It seems a lot of people are calling," Constand acknowledged.
She may be the most sought-after interview in the Cosby circus.
The details that came out of her lawsuit may have also changed the whole game for Cosby since he did make some admissions.
All Constand has done publicly since the news came to light Monday was post two tweets--one saying "Yes" and the other "Sir."
Although she didn't confirm or deny her tweets were in response to the news from the U.S., those tweets might be the extent of what she does say.
"Respectfully, I don't talk about it and I don't plan on talking about it," she told me. "It's a force that is unfolding all on its own."
So what did the woman do on the day after it was reported?
She went to work.
She spent the day helping people and said she never hesitated for a moment.
There was no running and hiding for the woman who reported the alleged attack to Durham Regional Police in 2004.
She was at the Toronto physiotherapy clinic where she works with a full slate of appointments.
"I am a registered massage therapist," she said proudly, adding that she never once considered cancelling her schedule despite the glare of the media.
"I am a health-care worker."
Helping people with pain and injuries is her life.
A former basketball player, she understands the importance of what she does.
She said she also believes the public understands her dilemma.
"People get the picture," Constand said. "It's uncomfortable for me."
Still, she admitted she realizes a media storm is hovering over her.
She understands there is interest in her story.
"I am aware, of course. I know you have to do a story," she said. "I am not saying anything and I am not doing anything. The forces are all in play."
That said, she is very interested in supporting women who have been victims of sexual assault and has re-tweeted messages about the cause.
"I support (Premier) Kathleen Wynne," she said. "Thank God we are implementing consent and touching into our educational system starting in third, fourth and fifth grades-- knowing your boundaries and to respect space. I think it's good that Kathleen Wynne is doing that."
Our conversation wasn't all heavy and serious.
She joked around with photographer Dave Thomas and me.
"I didn't want to be rude," she said of why she came out to speak with us. "But there is really not much I can say."
Constand isn't someone who spends a lot of time focused on what is going on in Cosby's crumbling world, but instead is trying to eke out her own existence--one in which she helps people.
With frizzy hair, tattoos on her arms and an easygoing personality, she made a real impression on us.
She could have easily avoided us or flipped us off, but instead treated us very well.
My phone rang two hours later and it solidified my impression of her.
"I just wanted to apologize," Constand told me. "I know I did not give you much of a story and yet there is so much more to say."
She didn't indicate when it will be time to "sit down and talk," but there may be a day down the road.
Just not now.
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