President Obama says he has no mechanism to take away the U.S. Medal of Freedom awarded to comedian and western Massachusetts resident Bill Cosby.
It was a life altering moment for the once adored Cosby 77, who is accused by 20 women who drugged and sexually assaulted them.
Cosby has never been charged with a crime in connection to the accusations of drugging and sexual assault and his lawyers have denied the allegations. “We do not have that mechanism”.
“As you know, I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of cases where there might still be, if not criminal, then civil, issues involved”, he explained.
After a pause, Mr. Obama continued. But he left no question about his position on the larger issue of drugs, consent and rape. “I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape”. According to NBC News, Obama told members of the White House press corps Cosby’s actions fell under the definition of rape.
“There’s no precedent for revoking a medal”, he said. It is a sign that the court of public opinion has pronounced him guilty. Allegations that he is an unindicted sexual predator will be in the first paragraph of his obituary.
Read: Beverly Johnson Reacts to Bill Cosby’s Deposition: ‘I Wasn’t Surprised. On the other hand, “The Cosby Show” aired from 1984 up until 1982.
This isn’t the only award to Cosby the group is trying to get revoked. “Revoking the medal will send a powerful message to America’s youth about the critical importance of consent, which is a freely given, enthusiastic, verbal and sober ‘yes, ‘ not the absence of a ‘no.'”. Asked by Univision to comment on the rape allegations against Cosby last December, Obama avoided mentioning the comedian and said “it’s important not to focus on one case”.
The anti-Cosby tsunami even reached the ESPY awards when host Joel McHale joked about Ultimate Fighting Champion Ronda Rousey: “She’s knocked out more women than Bill Cosby. I mean Dr. Bill Cosby!”
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