Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University board of trustees

Temple officials planned to discuss the comedian's position on Monday in light of numerous rape allegations

Published December 1, 2014 9:51PM (EST)

Bill Cosby        (AP)
Bill Cosby (AP)

Bill Cosby resigned from Temple University's board of trustees on Monday, as school officials planned to meet to discuss the university's relationship with the embattled comedian. Cosby has repeatedly denied sexual assault allegations brought forth by 20 women, many of which have brought intense public scrutiny in recent weeks and threatened the star's legacy.

"I have always been proud of my association with Temple University," Cosby said in a brief statement to the Temple board. "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."

Board chairman Patrick J. O'Connor accepted Cosby's resignation in a second email to the trustees. Several other universities, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently cut ties with the comedian as well.

By Jenny Kutner

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