In the wake of a string of rape and assault allegations, 77-year-old entertainer Bill Cosby resigned from his position on the Temple University’s board of trustees Monday. Cosby has been on the board at his alma mater since 1982.
“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 prepared statement.
In the past month, Cosby’s past rape allegations have resurfaced. These cases date back to the 1970s, and in 2004, Andrea Constand, a Temple University women’s basketball staffer, and 13 other women filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby. Since then, more women have come forward.
As media coverage of the rape allegations grew, companies began backing away from Cosby. Netflix canceled a stand-up comedy special with Cosby, and NBC cancelled its fledgling plans for a sitcom. Retrospective channel TV Land has since pulled all “Cosby Show” reruns from its lineup.
Though Temple University’s board director Patrick O’Connor has stood by Cosby throughout the ordeal, he accepted Cosby’s resignation, telling the Associated Press that he didn’t want the scandal to distract the board.