WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby‘s Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.
“There’s no precedent for revoking a medal,” Obama said. “We don’t have that mechanism.”READ MORE: New York State Assembly Gives Cuomo 1 Week To Defend Himself In Sexual Harassment Investigation
Obama was asked about Cosby and his medal at a presidential news conference in the East Room.
The president declined to address the specific allegations against Cosby because there are pending legal matters. But he left no question about his position on the larger issue of drugs, consent and rape.
“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,” he said. “And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”READ MORE: 2 MTA Bus Passengers Struck By Stray Bullet When Gunfire Erupts In Queens
Court documents obtained by The Associated Press have revealed that Cosby acknowledged under oath that he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
A sexual assault awareness group has petitioned the White House to revoke Cosby’s presidential medal. It was awarded to him in 2002 by President George W. Bush.
Obama made his comments during a news conference about the recent deal with Iran that Obama says will prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon.MORE NEWS: Pressure Builds On President Biden's Administration To Loosen International Travel Ban Into The Country
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