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Bill Cosby’s Kennedy Center Honors and Twain Prize rescinded

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    Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs the courthouse after he was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial on April 26 in Philadelphia. University of Cincinnati trustees will discuss revoking Cosby’s honorary degree at a special meeting planned Tuesday. Yale, Temple and Carnegie Mellon universities are among those that have revoked honors for Cosby since the comedian’s sexual assault conviction last month.

NEW YORK >> The Kennedy Center has voted to rescind two of its biggest honors it awarded Bill Cosby — the Kennedy Center Honors and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

In a statement, the center says the comedian’s recent criminal conviction has “overshadowed the very career accomplishments these distinctions from the Kennedy Center intend to recognize.”

Jurors in Pennsylvania late last month convicted Cosby of sexually assaulting fromer Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. He awaits sentencing.

Cosby won the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and the Twain prize in 2009.

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