This week’s developments in the Bill Cosby story have snowballed after the release of his 2005 testimony, in which he admitted to obtaining Quaaludes “with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.” Cosby’s own words provided the bombshell Hollywood needed to publicly distance itself from the comedian. Disney only just removed the Cosby statue from Hollywood Studios. Deadline now reports that Cosby has been dumped by his talent agency. This move actually happened last fall, but the public announcement is timely:
Bill Cosby was quietly dumped by CAA, which represented him since 2012, and he is now without talent representation in Hollywood. Cosby, accused of drugging and raping more than two dozen women, was dropped by the talent agency late last year per insiders at the agency – long before the latest revelation surfaced that he’d admitted in a deposition to having obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.
We do not represent him at this time,” a CAA official told Deadline.
Cosby moved from the William Morris Agency (where he was a client for 48 years) to CAA in 2012. His name has now officially disappeared from the public speakers roster, which showcased him and provided arrangements for his comedy tours. Cosby is now a free agent, but agencies won’t ever be knocking down his door again.
Deadline notes that Cosby’s publicist, David Brokaw, still stands by him. Of course, Cosby still retains legal representation, which he certainly requires. CNN reports that one accuser, Chloe Gains, still has a case that falls within the statute of limitations for rape cases. Gains maintains that Cosby sexually assulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.