On the same day that Bill Cosby is firing back against seven of his accusers by launching a bombshell defamation lawsuit against the women, one of the universities that bequeathed an honourary degree upon the once-beloved TV dad has had a change of heart, and has announced it is revoking the degree it gave Cosby.
In a statement released by the Boston University Board of Trustees, the university announces that the board has “voted to revoke the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree that was conferred on Bill Cosby at the University’s Commencement ceremony in May 2014. The Board’s decision was based on a determination, supported by Mr. Cosby’s sworn deposition testimony, that his treatment of women has brought significant and lasting discredit upon himself and is inconsistent with the University’s mission and values.”;
The statement continues: “Mr. Cosby’s admitted conduct, which the University learned about only after awarding him the degree, demonstrates that his character fails to reflect the integrity and virtues that the University values and esteems in members of its
community, and in those persons the University holds up for this particular honour.”;
To date, more than 50 women have come forward to accuse the former Cosby Show star of sexual misconduct, typically involving the women being drugged without their knowledge and then being sexually assaulted while unconscious. Reps for Cosby continue to deny all allegations.