University Takes Away Cosby’s Honorary Degree
A New York university has stripped Bill Cosby of an honorary degree it bestowed upon the comedian.
Fordham University, based in New York City, voted to pull the 78-year-old’s degree, marking the first time the school has done so in its 174-year history.
In a statement sent to The Huffington Post, the school said that it took the step in light of now-public court documents that confirm many of the allegations made against him by several women.
“A recipient’s actions would have to be both unambiguously dishonorable and have a deep impact” the statement read. “By his own admission, Mr. Cosby’s sexual exploitation of women was premeditated and ongoing. Equally appalling is his longtime strategy of denigrating the reputations of women who accused him of such actions.”
The school went on to say the fact that Cosby “was willing to drug and rape women for his sexual gratification, and further damage those same women’s reputations and careers to obscure his guilt, hurt not only his victims, but all women, and is beyond the pale.”
Cosby has repeatedly denied all allegations that he ever raped or sexually assaulted any of the women who have come forward in recent months.
He is scheduled to appear in court for another deposition related to the case of Judy Huth on Oct. 15.