Bill Cosby Resigns from Board of Trustees at Temple University

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Temple University has confirmed that Bill Cosby has resigned from his place on the board of trustees at the university.

Cosby resigned two weeks after a number of ladies came forward accusing the comedian of sexual assault.  An on-line petition on change.org, which demanded that Cosby no longer operate with the university, had in excess of one particular thousand signatures.  The petition was developed just last week by 2005 Temple graduate Kerry Potter McCormick.

In a statement, Cosby said he had “always been proud” of his association with Temple. “I have often desired to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students,” the statement continued. “As a outcome, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University board of trustees.”

The board has accepted his resignation and thanked Cosby for his time serving the board for academics for the previous 32 years.

Cosby was reported to the police in 2005 for abuse by Andrea Constand, an employee of Temple University and coach of the women’s basketball team.  Constand went on to sue Cosby in civil court following the district attorney made the choice that there was not enough proof to prosecute him.

Although the case settled out of court, a amount of anonymous witnesses that had been prepared to testify have spoken to the media in the previous two weeks.

At least 17 females have come forward so far to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct. Numerous of the girls declare that the comedian drugged them before raping them.  Many of the alleged attacks took location decades in the past.

To date, Cosby has not faced any criminal charges and continues to deny the allegations.  His attorney, Martin D. Singer, said in a statement to CNN that it manufactured no sense that “so many individuals would have stated practically nothing, carried out nothing at all, and manufactured no reviews to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they believed they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.”

Prior to his resignation, Temple had stated that it was sticking by Cosby.  Other universities, such as the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst had lower ties with the comedian.

Cosby attended Temple University in the early 1960s and returned to serve on the board of trustees in 1982.  He has served on the board given that that time, and has given the commencement tackle for the university quite a few occasions.  The university had officially applauded Cosby this past August, unveiling a plaque in his honor.

“A lot of folks look up to him. He does have a excellent influence on the students,” Student Jalen Fields explained.

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