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Obama on Bill Cosby: No Way to Revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Obama Says He Can’t Revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

President Barack Obama today addressed the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, saying that the sexual misconduct accusations the comedian faces amount essentially to rape. “If you give a woman — or a man for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without his or her consent, that’s rape,” President Obama said today at a press conference regarding the Iran nuclear deal. “And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.” Additionally, the President also said that there is no legal precedent or “mechanism” for revoking Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, which he was awarded in 2002.

However, several members of Congress have called for the medal, the country’s highest civilian honor, to be rescinded following the publication of a petition for the same goal last week. He declined to comment on the specifics of the Cosby allegations, citing the ongoing civil cases against the entertainer and the possibility of criminal charges. Last week, a judge unsealed a 2005 court document in which Cosby admitted to procuring Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex. Since then Cosby has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct, including several cases of drugging and raping women over several decades. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri have supported a petition effort calling on Obama to revoke the medal. “She supports this group’s effort because we need to set a clear example that sexual assault will not be tolerated in this country, and someone who admitted to using drugs for sex no longer deserves the nation’s highest honor,” said Glen Caplin, a spokesman for Gillibrand, in a statement to Politico.

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