Bill Cosby has been stripped of the Kennedy Center Honors (1998) and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2009).
The Kennedy Center has stripped American actor and comedian Bill Cosby of two honors after he was found guilty on April 26, 2018, of three charges of sexual assault. Cosby now faces up to ten years for each of the three charges of drugging and raping Andrea Constand in his home in 2004.
“Today the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts voted to rescind two artistic achievement awards the institution had previously bestowed upon Bill Cosby: the Kennedy Center Honors (1998) and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2009),” said a statement from the Board of Trustees of the Kennedy Center.
NEW: John F. Kennedy Center for the Preforming Arts board votes to rescinds Kennedy Center Honors, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor given to Bill Cosby. https://t.co/AdMbmRExtF pic.twitter.com/eksMEB2iWF— ABC News (@ABC) May 7, 2018
“The Honors and Mark Twain Prize are given to artists who, through their lifetime of work, have left an indelible impact on American culture. As a result of Mr. Cosby’s recent criminal conviction, the Board concluded that his actions have overshadowed the very career accomplishments these distinctions from the Kennedy Center intend to recognize.”
Today, our Board of Trustees voted to rescind two artistic achievement awards the Kennedy Center had previously bestowed upon Bill Cosby: the Kennedy Center Honors & the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. https://t.co/Emrz27U7dJ— The Kennedy Center (@kencen) May 7, 2018
The Kennedy Center has joined a list of organizations to revoke honors awarded to Cosby after he was found guilty. The 80-year-old actor has already been removed from the Television Academy Hall of Fame and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The Cosby Show” has also been pulled from syndication.
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