University of Massachusetts ends relationship with Cosby

Cosby agreed to step down as honorary co-chair of UMass fundraising campaign

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, actor-comedian Bill Cosby poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has ended their relationship with alumnus Bill Cosby amid several women’s allegations of sexual assault.

University spokesman Edward Blaguszewski told the Boston Globe Wednesday that school officials had asked Cosby to step down as an honorary co-chairman of the university’s $300 million fundraising campaign, and Cosby agreed.

Cosby received a master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the university.

Cosby and his wife Camille have donated several hundred thousand dollars to the school.

Massachusetss Attorney General Martha Coakley sent a letter to the university urging them to cut ties with the comedian.

Coakley said that while Cosby hadn’t been criminally charged, his association sends the wrong message at a time when the state is focused on the prevention of campus sexual assault.

Cosby’s lawyer has called the allegations “unsubstantiated” and “discredited.”


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