President Barack Obama has weighed in with a few thoughts on the controversy surrounding iconic actor Bill Cosby amid now-publicized rape accusations.
Asked if Cosby would have his Presidential Medal of Freedom revoked, President Obama assured White House press the 2002 award would remain intact.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that there was no precedent for revoking the U.S. Medal of Freedom — as some have called for him to do — given to comedian and actor Bill Cosby. But the President did outline his definition of 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,” Obama said Wednesday at a White House press conference. (CNN)
Actor Jaleel White, known for playing Steve Urkel on “Family Matters” in the 90’s, posted up a few Cosby jokes onto his Instagram page last week.
R&B singer Jill Scott, who had previously defended Cosby amid the accusations, went into a Twitter tirade with her new stance last week.
Hollywood director Judd Apatow has also relied on social media to react to the news.
It's a very sad situation. Now can we all stand up and support the victims? Will silence continue? https://t.co/0tfYB5rb7p
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) July 6, 2015
According to reports, Cosby admitted his involvement in drugging a woman for sex during a 2005 legal proceeding.
Bill Cosby said in a 2005 legal deposition that he obtained prescriptions of a powerful sedative to give to women he wanted to have sex with, according to documents released Monday in a Pennsylvania court. The comedian’s testimony was part of a civil suit involving a woman who accused him of drugging her and sexually assaulting her. (NBC News)