Another univer­sity re­vokes Cosby de­gree

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Brown Univer­sity has re­voked the honorary doc­tor­ate it awarded to Bill Cosby as the co­me­dian and ac­tor faces al­le­ga­tions that he sex­u­ally as­saulted more than 40 women, the Ivy League school said on Tues­day.

Brown be­comes the third Usuni­ver­sity in the past week to re­voke honorary de­grees to Cosby, best known for his role as Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” which was wildly pop­u­lar in the 1980s.

The move fol­lows sim­i­lar de­ci­sions by New York’s Ford­ham Univer­sity and Mil­wau­kee’s Mar­quette Univer­sity.

Dozens of women have ac­cused Cosby of drug­ging and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing them in the 1970s, though he has not been crim­i­nally charged and in most cases the al­leged at­tacks are too old for pros­e­cu­tors to take up. His lawyers have stead­fastly de­nied wrong­do­ing by the 78-year-old en­ter­tainer.

The Cosby case is par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive to univer­si­ties as the na­tion faces what the White House has called an “epi­demic” of sex as­sault on col­lege cam­puses, with a sur­vey re­leased last week show­ing that nearly one in four fe­male un­der­grad­u­ates has ex­pe­ri­enced un­wanted sex­ual con­tact.

Ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers made public in July, Cosby in 2005 tes­ti­fied that he had ob­tained the seda­tive drug Quaaludes with the in­ten­tion of giv­ing them to young women and hav­ing sex with them.

“The con­duct that Mr. Cosby has ac­knowl­edged is wholly in­con­sis­tent with the be­hav­ior we ex­pect of any in­di­vid­ual as­so­ci­ated with Brown,” Christina Pax­son, pres­i­dent of the univer­sity in Providence, Rhode Is­land, said in an open let­ter to the cam­pus. “It is par­tic­u­larly trou­bling as our univer­sity com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to con­front the very real chal­lenges of sex­ual vi­o­lence on our cam­pus and in so­ci­ety at large.”

A Cosby spokesman de­clined to com­ment on Brown’s move but on Fri­day, the ac­tor’s lawyer said Ford­ham had over­stated the case made by the de­po­si­tion.

“Noth­ing in his tes­ti­mony ad­mits to any non­con­sen­sual sex­ual con­tact with any woman what­so­ever,” said At­tor­ney John Schmitt. “Mr Cosby has been con­victed of no crime and has stead­fastly main­tained his in­no­cence.”

A Los An­ge­les judge has or­dered Cosby to give a sworn de­po­si­tion on Oct. 9 in a law­suit brought by a woman, now in her 50s, who con­tends he sex­u­ally abused her when she was 15 years old.

That would mark the first time Cosby has tes­ti­fied un­der oath about a com­plaint of sex­ual mis­con­duct since the 2005 de­po­si­tion, given in a Penn­syl­va­nia case he set­tled out of court.

— Reuters

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