According to the Orlando Sentinel, a Walt Disney World spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday evening that the statue would be removed from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza after the park closed at 10 p.m.
On Monday, news surfaced that Cosby testified in 2005 that he gave women drugs for the purpose of sex. In a Sept. 29, 2005 deposition, Cosby was asked: “When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?”
The comedian replied, “yes.”
The court papers remained private until U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno agreed to open up the records Monday.
Brittany Gavrilova, whose aunt is one of Cosby’s alleged victims, started an online petition seven months ago asking Disney to remove the bronze statue, according to WESH. “To not be able to walk through Disney without having that difficult encounter, it makes me sad,” Gavrilova said. WESH reported that Disney would not confirm the reasoning behind the removal of the statue.