President Barack Obama speaks out concerning the rape charges against veteran comedian, Bill Cosby.
At a news conference on Wednesday, July 15, Obama declined to speak on certain aspects of the allegations against humour legend as it is still an ongoing legal affair, but Mr Obama did emphasise his dis approval as he staunchly said “no civilised nation” should condone rape or rapists.
According to the President, “If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape,” he said. “And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
However, Obama rejected the petition to revoke Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom because of the allegations, saying “There’s no precedent for revoking a medal. We don’t have that mechanism.”
The 77-year-old comedian, who has never been charged with a crime suddenly found himself accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen women.
The White House was petitioned by a sexual assault awareness group to revoke Cosby’s presidential medal, which was awarded to him in 2002 by President George W. Bush.