Cosby's Agent Dumps Him
Victims' group wants his Medal of Freedom revoked
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2015 3:11 AM CDT
Updated Jul 9, 2015 4:44 AM CDT
A woman walks past a mural depicting Bill Cosby in Philadelphia.    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – Bill Cosby's acting career is incredibly unlikely to survive the news that he admitted drugging women before having sex with them, and it looks like his talent agency saw the writing on the wall months ago. CAA, which lured Cosby away from the William Morris agency in 2012, "quietly dumped" him late last year, leaving him with no representation in Hollywood, insiders tell Deadline. But with dozens of women accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct—and with the possible release of more Cosby testimony—him losing representation at this point is probably a formality, "like the way you might throw away a burned-out light bulb, an empty bottle of ketchup, or a formerly beloved comedian who turned out to be a huge creep," writes Sam Barsanti at the AV Club.

Cosby stands to lose more than Hollywood representation: A sexual assault awareness group wants to see him stripped of the Presidential Medal of Freedom he was awarded by George W. Bush in 2002, USA Today reports. "Certainly it would be an unprecedented event to take this away," the founder of Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment says. "But it's also an unprecedented moment in our nation's history that such an iconic figure, a legend, be accused by 40 women of sexual violence." In Philadelphia, a Father's Day mural from 2008 featuring Bill Cosby was already on a list of works for decommissioning, and authorities tell the AP that "recent headlines" have moved it a lot further up the list. (Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios theme park has dumped Cosby, too.)
 

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