Bill Cosby's Alma Mater UMass-Amherst Is the Latest to Cut Ties With Him Following Rape Allegations
Things are looking worse for Bill Cosby as even more women have been sharing their alleged stories accusing the comedian and actor of sexual abuse — and, as the number of women stepping forward continues to grow, their stories and details of their alleged assaults become that much more disturbing. In response to these reported allegations against the actor, AP is reporting that the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has disassociated itself with alumnus Bill Cosby, and that university officials have asked him to leave his position as honorary co-chairman of the school’s $300 million fundraising campaign.
After receiving both a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from the university, this appears to be a pretty big blow to Cosby.
In response to UMass-Amherst's reported distancing of themselves from Cosby, the actor has yet to release a statement. Although speaking engagements and performances from the actor continue to be canceled in light of the horrifying allegations, Cosby has, so far, remained fairly silent about the situation with the exception of an interview with Florida Today last week denying the claims (in a fairly problematic fashion). More recently, his attorney’s latest statement criticized the allegations:
This continued pattern of attacks on Mr. Cosby has entered the realm of the ridiculous, with a purported ‘forceful kiss’ at a party in 1967, nearly 50 years ago, being treated as a current ‘news story’ and grossly mischaracterized as ‘sexual assault.’ This is utter nonsense. People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy. We’ve reached the point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous. I think people are trying to come up with these wild stories in order to justify why they have waited 40 to 50 years to disclose these ridiculous accusations.