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Bill Cosby’s Walk of Fame star won’t be removed after sexual assault sentencing

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday that comedian Bill Cosby’s Walk of Fame star will not be removed, as the former TV star was sentenced to at least three years in prison for sexual assault. 

“Once installed, the stars become part of the historic fabric of the Walk of Fame, a ‘designated historic cultural landmark,’ and are are intended to be permanent,” the chamber said in a statement, as reported by CBS Los Angeles.

{mosads}The group added that the “the stars only commemorate the recipient’s professional accomplishments.”

“It is regrettable when the personal lives of inductees do not measure up to public standards and expectations.”

On Monday, Cosby, 81, was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004. 

He was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April.

“No one is above the law. And no one should be treated differently or disproportionately because of who they are or because of wealth, celebrity or even philanthropy,” Judge Steven O’Neill said in the sentencing. 

O’Neill denied Cosby’s defense team’s request for bail pending appeal.

The decision to preserve Cosby’s Walk of Fame star reportedly comes after a petition was submitted calling for it to be removed on Monday. 

CBS noted that the chamber has never removed a star and denied a request to remove Cosby’s in 2015 after sexual assault allegations against him made headlines.

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