In addition to removing his name, the Academy has confirmed that the bust of Cosby, which they had earlier removed due to some construction works, won’t be returned for display.
Just a few days after he was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, Television Academy has announced it will be removing all references to Bill Cosby from its website. His name will also be removed from the honorees list which displays the Hall of Famers in the organization’s Television.
The Academy also confirmed Wednesday that a bust of Bill Cosby, which it had earlier removed due to some construction works at the site, will not be brought back for display.
However, the Academy confirmed that the organization isn’t thinking to take back the four Primetime Emmy awards which Cosby won back in his heyday. Also, for the time being at least, Cosby’s name remains in the academy’s Television Hall of Fame.
The verdict in the case has tarnished the moralizing public figure image of Bill Cosby which he had taken decades to build back in his heyday in the 70s and the 80s. And while he said he committed no wrongdoing in this case, Mr. Cosby, in recent years, had admitted to philandering, and to giving Quaaludes – a sedative drug – to women to have sex with them.
The case was brought against him by Andrea Constand. In addition to Andrea Constand, there were five other women who testified in front of the jury, accusing Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them.
Each of the three counts on which Cosby was charged carry a sentence of up to 10 years, with 5 years as the lower limit. Legal experts are of the view that, under the Pennsylvania law, each count’s sentence should run concurrently. That means that Cosby is likely facing a decade behind bars.
The first trial against Bill Cosby, which took place last summer, was declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict after six days of deliberations.
When the verdict was announced last Thursday, an expressionless Cosby quietly stared down. Ms. Constand, the plaintiff in the case who showed remarkable control throughout the trial, was hugged by her lawyer and her supporters.
While Mr. Cosby refused to comment on the verdict or whether he planned to appeal, his lead lawyer, Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., was more forthcoming outside the court. He said that his client intends to appeal the verdict.