Bill Cosby is not ending the year in an ideal way. For the past several weeks the comedian/actor and educator has been plagued with allegations of sexual misconduct with at least 15 women, who have shared their ordeal with the media – prompting the cancellations of various projects he had in development.
Now it has been confirmed that his alma mater – the University of Massachusetts Amherst has decided to cut ties with Cosby and apparently the split was amicable.
Ed Blaguszewski, who is a spokesperson for the UMass Amherst gave a brief statement regarding the parting of ways, “Bill Cosby has agreed to resign as an honorary co-chair of UMass Amherst’s capital campaign. He no longer has any affiliation with the campaign nor does he serve in any other capacity for the university”.
This recent consequence of Cosby’s spirally fall from grace, has to be particularly hard for the embattled comedian who got his master’s and doctorate in education from the university in the seventies.
As the accusations have piled up, the 77-year-old has refused to comment or defend himself despite the immense gravity of the stories that all coincidentally sound quite similar. The women claim that Cosby’s system of abuse involved drugging them and then raping them when they were incapacitated. The history of Cosby’s woes dates back to the late sixties, and during that time, he has denied some of the allegations, and refused to acknowledge the others.
His lawyers continue to defend their client by calling the accusations “ridiculous” and blaming the media for helping to propel the “fantastical stories”.