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Ohio college may change name of Cosby building

10 July 2015, 07:10

Philladelphia - Here are the latest developments from the release of court documents indicating Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

A historically black college in southwest Ohio says it's considering changing the title of a building named for comedian Bill Cosby.

Officials at Central State University in Wilberforce earlier said the name of its Cosby Communications Center would remain intact, but President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said in a statement Wednesday the name will be "discussed appropriately."

In newly unsealed documents, Cosby testified in 2005 that he obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women before sex.

Jackson-Hammond calls the circumstances around the comedian's situation "troublesome and disappointing to all."

The Dayton Daily News reports that the Cosby family has donated more than $2 million to the university. A decision on the building's name is expected from the school soon.

8:55 a.m.

A group supporting sexual assault victims is petitioning President Barack Obama to revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment launched the campaign Wednesday through the White House's "We the People" website.

The group says it is working with women who have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

It's collected about 2,000 signatures in less than a day.

In newly unsealed documents, Cosby testified in 2005 that he obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women before sex.

President George W. Bush presented the nation's highest civilian honor to Cosby in 2002, citing his revolutionary portrayal of blacks on television and his interest and dedication to education.

The group's executive director says: "Bill Cosby's name does not belong among this distinguished list."

- AP


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