First reported by TMZ, Fordham University in New York City has revoked the honorary doctorate that was awarded to the actor in 2001.
On Thursday, members of the Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to pull the 78-year-old’s degree, marking the first time the school has done so in its 174-year history.
A rep for Fordham confirmed to The Huffington Post that the comedian’s degree was rescinded, explaining in a statement that the school “has taken this extraordinary step in light of Mr. Cosby’s now-public court depositions that confirm many of the allegations made against him by numerous women.”
The statement continued: “A recipient’s actions would have to be both unambiguously dishonorable and have a deep impact. 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.”
The school’s decision comes after more than 40 women came forward in recent months with claims of sexual assault and sexual misconduct against “The Cosby Show” star.
Source: Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus