President Barack Obama is speaking out for the first time regarding the rape allegations against Bill Cosby. After several people called for the actor’s U.S. Medal of Freedom to be revoked based on his actions, the President held a press conference to discuss the situation.
Bill Cosby was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002, but due to the many rape claims against him, along with his admission that he had drugged women he wanted to get intimate with, many are calling for the honor to be revoked. Unfortunately, there’s not much President Barack Obama can do in this situation, even if he does agree.
“There’s no precedent for revoking a medal,” Obama explained in a press conference on July 11. “We don’t have that mechanism.” And while the President wasn’t willing to dive into the details of Bill’s case, he did make a very important point, basically insinuating that he believes the formerly lovable actor is, in fact, a rapist.
“As you know, I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of cases where there might still be, if not criminal, then civil, issues involved,” he explained. “I’ll say this: 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. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
On July 6, court documents from 2005 were released to the public, in which Cosby admitted to giving women Quaaludes to sedate them so he could become intimate with them. Bill had given the disposition in response to a lawsuit from a Temple University employee, who he gave three and a half Benadryl pills to in order to have sexual relations with.
Since that incident, dozens of women have come forward claiming the comedian put them in similar situations, but Bill has not been formally charged because of a statute of limitations that disallows the claims to affect him after a certain amount of years have passed.
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— Alyssa Norwin