Fordham University Rescinds Bill Cosby’s Honorary Doctorate

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

“As a Jesuit university, Fordham could no longer stand behind the degree it had bestowed upon Mr. 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.Fordham University has announced that for the first time in its history, it would rescind an honorary degree — the one it awarded in 2001 to Bill Cosby. 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.

Cosby, who’s been accused of drugging and raping tens of women over a 40-year period, has more than a dozen honorary degrees, as well as the United States’ highest civilian honor — the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Since the scandal broke, he’s had gigs cancelled and reruns of his eponymous show pulled, but Fordham is the first large organization to penalize Cosby. “The University has taken this extraordinary step in light of Mr. 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,” Lovell and Myers said in the email. 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.”

Cosby has consistently denied the allegations, but the recent release of a deposition in a 2005 Pennsylvania case showed that he admitted using drugs to persuade women to sleep with him. 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. Fordham University announced today that they rescinded his honorary degree, Berklee College of Music no longer awards a scholarship in his name and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Cosby’s alma mater, had him step down as honorary co-chairman of a $300 million fundraising campaign. 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.

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