Bill Cosby’s long relationship with Temple University has come to a close, in wake of his recent rape allegations.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the 77-year-old comedian resigned Monday (Dec. 1) from Temple’s Board of Trustees, a position he held for 32 years, following the recent accusations of sexual assault.
“I have always been proud of my association with Temple University, I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees,” Cosby said in a statement.
In recent weeks, several women have come forward with accusations that Cosby had sexually assaulted and/or raped them, some dating back decades.
Since the revelations came to light, Cosby’s attorney Martin D. Singer has publicly denied the claims against this client. In a written statement to CNN, Singer said that it defies common sense that “so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.”
The University’s Board of Trustees has been under pressure from alumni and other members of the community to remove Cosby from his post since the allegations began circulating. A Change.org petition demanding the university end its relationship with Cosby had more than 1,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon.