Wednesday 21 March 2018

Barack Obama: No precedent to revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom

Entertainer Bill Cosby
Entertainer Bill Cosby

US President Barack Obama has rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.

Mr Obama said there's no precedent or mechanism to take back the medal. He declined to talk about the specific allegations against Mr Cosby because there are pending legal matters.

But at a presidential news conference, Mr Obama left no question about his position on the larger issue of rape. He said that drugging someone and having sex with them without consent qualifies as rape.

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Court documents obtained by The Associated Press have revealed that Mr Cosby admitted under oath that he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

A sexual assault awareness group has petitioned the White House to revoke Mr Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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