Fordham, Marquette rescind honorary degrees they gave Cosby

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Cosby Seeks to Keep Private a Deposition; Fordham Withdraws His Honorary Degree.

MILWAUKEE—Marquette University announced Thursday it is rescinding an honorary degree it awarded to comedian and father figure Bill Cosby when he was commencement speaker for the Class of 2013, amid compounding allegations the actor was a serial rapist who drugged his victims.Bill Cosby is seeking to keep private his scheduled questioning under oath in a case involving accusations that he sexually assaulted a young woman when she was 15.

The board of trustees for the New York university unanimously voted to rescind the actor’s honorary doctor of fine arts, Robert Howe, a spokesman for the university confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Cosby drew great applause when he donned a Marquette cap and revealed an MU sweatshirt under his graduation garb during the May 2013 commencement at a nearly packed BMO Harris Bradley Center. The degree was given to Cosby for the “significant role he played in breaking the color barrier in American television and popular culture,” according to a statement from Fordham. “By his own admission, Mr.

He told graduates to go into the world remembering the values they learned from the school’s Jesuits: respect, integrity, and a responsibility to serve others. 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, is beyond the pale.” The decision came after extensive conversations with campus leaders and faculty members who showed overwhelming support for taking back the honorary degree, Lovell and Myers said in their letter.

Equally appalling is his longtime strategy of denigrating the reputations of women who accused him of such actions,” the school’s statement said. “That Mr. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Kennedy Center Honor, Twain Prize, and a Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Huth’s legal team filed an opposition to the Cosby team’s motion in Los Angeles County Superior Court to keep the deposition public, according to her lawyer, Gloria Allred. “They filed a motion for a protective order, and we filed our opposition because we oppose their motion and we don’t think it is appropriate,” Ms. Last year, the Navy stripped Cosby’s title of honorary chief petty officer, and more recently Cosby lost a Disney statue and a mural in North Philadelphia.

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