Bill Cosby attorney assails Fordham after it rescinds degree

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Bill Cosby attorney assails Fordham after it rescinds degree.

NEW YORK — Fordham University has the right to rescind an honorary degree given to Bill Cosby in 2001 but was irresponsible and inaccurate in explaining why it took the step, an attorney for Cosby said in a letter Friday. On Friday, ‘s top attorney sent a strongly worded letter to Fordham University calling its statement about rescinding Cosby’s honorary doctoral degree “so irresponsible as to shock the conscience,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by PEOPLE. “The statement grossly mischaracterizes both Mr.Fordham University in New York and Marquette University in Wisconsin announced Thursday they had pulled the degrees given to the comedian to honor him. Cosby’s actions and his deposition testimony, in language more befitting a tabloid journal rather than a respected institution of higher learning,” attorney John P.

Schmitt doesn’t take issue with the school’s decision to rescind the doctorate, which the lawyer disagrees with, but nonetheless is within the Board’ rights. The school said Cosby was unworthy of the honor not just because of the actions he admitted to in a deposition — that he obtained drugs to give to women he wanted to have sex with — but also because Fordham believed he engaged in a “longtime strategy” of verbally attacking his female accusers. “That Mr. Cosby’s testimony was so egregious that one could only conclude that it was written by one either unfamiliar with the testimony or determined deliberately to misrepresent Mr. Cosby was willing to drug and rape women for his sexual gratification.” Schmitt takes pains to note that Cosby has not been convicted of a crime, and denies the fact that the deposition amounted to a confirmation of the allegations against him. “Nothing in the single deposition recently released lends any support to, much less ‘confirms,’ any such allegations. However, Cosby has continued to deny these accusations and statute of limitations prevent many of the accusers from taking legal action against him for his alleged assault.

Cosby engaged in behaviors that go entirely against our university’s mission and the guiding values we have worked so hard to instill on our campus,” the statement read. Marquette President Michael Lovell and Provost Daniel Myers issued a letter to the university community after the vote there that said, “By his own admission, Mr.

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