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Bill Cosby’s star vandalized: graffiti

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized by someone who scrawled the words “serial rapist” with a marker pen.

Los Angeles police found the marred sidewalk star early Tuesday, City News Service reported. The graffiti was similar to vandalism that occurred in 2014 and has since been removed.

Cosby was convicted in Philadelphia this year of aggravated indecent assault on a former Temple University employee who is among many women who have stepped forward to accuse the comedian of sexual misconduct.

Cosby has denied any wrongdoing.

Cosby’s star, dedicated in 1977, is a short distance down Hollywood Boulevard from President Donald Trump’s star, which has been vandalized twice with heavy tools that caused significant damage.

Trump’s star was unveiled in 2007, recognizing his work on the reality TV show “The Apprentice.” It has also been repaired.

The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which has never removed a star.

Roy Moore sues Cohen over prank

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation after being pranked on Cohen’s television show.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington, D.C., accuses Cohen of smearing Moore’s name and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. Moore was duped into appearing on a “Who is America?” segment where Cohen demonstrated a supposed pedophile detecting device that beeped when it came near Moore.

Moore faced sexual misconduct accusations during last year’s Senate race in Alabama. He has denied the allegations.

Larry Klayman, founder of the conservative group Freedom Watch, represents Moore. Klayman said Cohen and the TV network should be “held accountable for his outrageous and false, fraudulent and defamatory conduct.”

Moore thought he was receiving an award for supporting Israel when he appeared on the show.