Wesleyan President Moves To Revoke Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree After Guilty Verdict

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Bill Cosby has lashed out in an expletive-laden rant after a Pennsylvania jury convicted the famed comedian on all three counts of drugging and molesting a one-time friend in 2004.

Cosby never denied having sexual contact with Constand, but insisted it was consensual.

The 80-year-old television star could spend the rest of his life in jail as he faces sentences of up 10 years imprisonment on each charge drugging and molesting Andrea Constand.

Wesleyan University would become the second university in CT to revoke an honorary degree for Cosby, a once lauded comedian and public figure who has faced numerous accusations of sexual assault in recent years.

After the verdict was handed down, District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge to revoke bail, prompting an angry outcry from Cosby.

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More than 50 women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the span of decades, but Constand's allegation was the only criminal case to be brought, in large part because most of the accusations were too old to prosecute.

At Cosby's first trial, which ended in a deadlocked jury less than a year ago, only one additional accuser was allowed to testify.

Of dozens of women who have come forward in recent years to accuse the entertainer of similar assaults stretching back to the 1960s, only Constand's allegations fall within the statute of limitations. As Constand stood silently behind him in a bright white blazer, Steele apologized to her for a previous DA's decision in 2005 not to charge Cosby. "Now, we really know today who was really behind that act, who the real Bill Cosby was". In "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, he played the wise and witty Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the father of an affluent black family. Four of them, including model Janice Dickinson, said they were also sexually assaulted.

It was Cosby's reputation as a public moralist that prompted a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, to unseal portions of the deposition.

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