In 2018, are we able to separate the art from the artist? Complex News' Pierce Simpson explores the possibilities.
Bill Cosby has been the recipient of nearly 60 honorary degrees — everything from fine arts, music, education, and law — since his ascent into Hollywood in the 1960s. They represent a public association between the university and the recipient, one that in this case has become highly undesirable after the revelations of nearly 60 women who have publicly accused Cosby of sexual assault and rape, and his recent conviction of three counts of sexual assault. Some of the universities have already severed ties with Cosby. Many of the rest find themselves in uncharted waters, wondering how and if to proceed. Curious to learn more about how they view those honorary degrees (or if they're even aware they
Lawyers defending disgraced comedian Bill Cosby in civil litigation in Massachusetts related to his alleged sexual assaults of multiple women said Monday in a court filing that the entertainer will file papers by early October in Pennsylvania seeking to have his conviction there tossed. The brief filing came in US District Court in Springfield, where several women allege Cosby, 80, sexually assaulted them and later defamed them as liars when they went public with their explosive claims. Cosby's attorneys in the civil case in Massachusetts on Monday filed their 12th report on the status of his separate legal matter in Pennsylvania, where a jury convicted the once-beloved actor on April 26 of sexually assaulting a woman in that state in 2004.
An allegation against the movie star dating back to the 1990s is being reviewed by the Los Angeles County prosecutors' sex crimes task force. No details about the case were made public. The case was forwarded by the Santa Monica police to the sex crimes task force. The task force would not say if the case would be disqualified for filing based on the statute of limitations having passed. Getty Sylvester Stallone at the 2016 LACMA Art Film gala California ended the statute of limitations on some sex crimes in 2016. The extension only pertains to crimes committed after January 1, 2017, and offences for which the statute of limitations had not expired by that date. The accusation against Stallone,
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern University has revoked the honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby two decades ago —the first time the school has taken such a step in its 167-year history. In a news release, the school in the Chicago suburb of Evanston announced its board of trustees discussed revoking the honorary degree it awarded to the comedian in 1997 during his trial on sex assault charges. The board decided to wait until the end of the trial before making a decision. The unanimous vote to revoke Cosby's Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree came during the board's first meeting since Cosby was convicted in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting
A then-State House aide who said Bryon Hefner sexually assaulted him is suing both the 31-year-old and his husband, former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg, alleging the former lawmaker “knew or was aware” that Hefner posed a risk to others, yet continually allowed him access to State House staff, lobbyists, and others. The civil lawsuit — filed last week by the man's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian — expands the legal trouble for Hefner, who already faces multiple criminal counts of sexual assault. The plaintiff, identified as John Doe in court filings, said Hefner sexually assaulted him at least three times in 2015 and 2016, and as a result of Hefner's “lascivious conduct,” he suffers from depression, anxiety, and physical ailments, including gastrointestinal problems.
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