White House Faces Calls to Revoke Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom
The White House says it's unclear whether Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom can be revoked.
A WhiteHouse.gov petition launched yesterday has nearly 3,000 signatures. 100,000 signatures are needed for the White House to respond.
The petition reads:
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest award bestowed on civilians for their contributions to society. Bill Cosby does not deserve to be on the list of distinguished recipients.
PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment, a national nonprofit dedicated to sexual assault prevention and victim empowerment, is rallying supporters to remedy this injustice.
Cosby admitted to procuring drugs to have sex with women without their consent. He has been accused of serial rape by dozens of others.
We cannot yet give his accusers their day in court, but we can fight back in the court of public opinion.
We urge the administration to take the unprecedented action of revoking this award.
The medal was given to Cosby in 2002 by George W. Bush. Josh Earnest said yesterday that White House staff would review whether it's legally possible take back the honor.
Court documents from 2005, released this week, show that Cosby admitted under oath that he obtained Quaaludes for the purposes of drugging women.
"When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?"
"Yes," Cosby responded in a Sept. 2005 deposition.
Andrea Constand, the first woman to come forward and accuse Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her, had sued the legendary comedian and actor.
The case was eventually settled and Cosby has repeatedly denied the accusations of his more than two dozen female accusers.