Obama says Bill Cosby's Medal of Freedom can't be revoked

By Drum Digital
16 July 2015

Bill Cosby was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush in 2002.

Bill Cosby was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush in 2002.

When asked about the medal at a conference, President Barack Obama rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations according to a report by Channel24.

"There's no precedent for revoking a medal," Obama said. "We don't have that mechanism."

Obama is said to have declined to address specific allegations against the entertainer because there are pending legal matters but he left no question about his thinking on the larger issue of drugs, consent and 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 consent, that's rape," he said. "And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."

Court documents obtained by The Associated Press have revealed that Cosby acknowledged under oath in 2005 that he obtained Quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex. The documents weren't clear on whether the women consented to being drugged.

More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct in the past four decades, and many of them alleged that he drugged them before sex, the report continued.

The 78-year-old comedian, who has never been charged with a crime, has denied some accusations while declining to comment or respond to others.

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