Bill Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault on Wednesday and if he’s found guilty, he could face up to a decade in jail. As more and more women have stepped forward to accuse the comedian of assault, several organizations have disassociated themselves from him. Many universities, for example, have rescinded his honorary degrees.
But Cosby hasn’t been stripped of everything. Here are a few honors that haven’t been taken away:
The Presidential Medal of Freedom. In a July press conference, President Obama said he could not revoke the medal, which President George W. Bush awarded to Cosby in 2002. “There is no precedent for revoking the medal,” Obama said. “We don’t have the mechanism.” A petition to revoke the honor, created by the group Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE), did not meet its signature requirements.
Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive, told the Los Angeles Times in July that Cosby’s star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame would not be removed. “Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”
Several remaining honorary degrees. Though several universities have rescinded the honor, others have not taken any action. For example, Cosby still holds an honorary degree from Temple University, the former employer of his accuser, Andrea Constand. (Cosby did, however, resign from the university’s board of trustees a few weeks ago.)
Some organizations, like the Smithsonian, are still associated with Cosby. A spokesman for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art said a Cosby-funded art exhibit will remain open as scheduled.
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