Bill Cosby Loses Honorary Degree From Fordham University

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03:  Bill Cosby speaks at the Jackie Robinson Foundation 2014 Awards Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 3, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Jackie Robinson Foundation)

Bill Cosby Loses Honorary Degree From Fordham University

The school revokes the honor for his "appalling" actions.

Published September 25, 2015

Bill Cosby has one less degree to his name. Fordham University, which bestowed the comedy icon with an honorary doctorate in 2001, has revoked the degree in light of the multiple allegations of sexual abuse against the actor and his own admission that he routinely drugged women for the purpose of sex.

A rep for Fordham explained 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 rep went on to say 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."

This is the first time in the university's 174 year history that an honorary degree has been revoked. It's just one fallen piece in Cosby's crumbling empire and reputation since more than 40 women came forward to accuse him of rape or sexual misconduct.

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(Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Jackie Robinson Foundation)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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