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Lehigh University latest to rescind Cosby’s honorary degree

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden in New York. "Dateline NBC" will bring 29 women who have accused Bill Cosby of assault together for a special on Friday, Oct. 8, 2015. NBC's broadcast was timed to coincide with Cosby's scheduled deposition Friday in the case of a woman who accused Cosby of molesting her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15. (John Minchillo/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden in New York. “Dateline NBC” will bring 29 women who have accused Bill Cosby of assault together for a special on Friday, Oct. 8, 2015. NBC’s broadcast was timed to coincide with Cosby’s scheduled deposition Friday in the case of a woman who accused Cosby of molesting her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15. (John Minchillo/Invision/AP, File)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Another Pennsylvania university has rescinded an honorary degree granted to Bill Cosby.

Lehigh University said Wednesday that conduct described by Cosby in a 2005 deposition is antithetical to its values.

Court documents unsealed in July show the 78-year-old Cosby admitting extramarital relationships with several women, some of w

hom accuse him of sexual assault.

Cosby has never been charged with a crime.

Lehigh awarded the honorary degree to the comedian in 2004. It says in a statement that his admitted behavior was “inconsistent with the character and high standards” expected of honorees.

Several other schools, including Fordham, Marquette, Baylor and Pennsylvania’s Wilkes University, have already pulled their Cosby degrees.

 

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