Months after the years-long battle against Bill Cosby ended after a second absolutely repulsive trial finally brought a guilty verdict of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand–one of dozens of women who have accused Bill Cosby of acts ranging from sexual harassment to rape–William & Mary has voted to rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree because “information came to light,” they say. Okay. Good. But late. But good.
According to the AP, the board announced that “information came to light and was confirmed that Mr. Cosby engaged in abhorrent conduct antithetical to our university’s core values.” They’re a few years late after the first wave in started in late 2015 with Springfield College, Tufts, Goucher, Leigh, George Washington, Marquette and Fordham, Brown, Boston College, Berklee, Boston University, Drexel, Bryant, Oberlin, Swarthmore, and more recently UPenn; and Carnegie Mellon, Colby, Cooper Union, Rensselaer, University of Cincinnati, and Temple (which he attended and where he met Constand), which rescinded degrees after the verdict in April. Vulture’s running tab has the total at at least 32 colleges and universities now.
It’s all part of a long, arduous scrubbing process: the Cosby Show re-runs are off the air; he’s been expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; and the Kennedy Center has withdrawn artistic achievement awards.
What he stands to gain now is up to 30 years of prison time, though his team plans to appeal, and CNN reports that they could have a viable case.
His sentencing is set for September 24th. Cosby is currently under house arrest.