Surrounded by allegations of sexual assault, Bill Cosby has resigned his seat on the board of trustees at his beloved Temple University, reports USA Today.
Brandon Lausch, a spokesman for Temple University, confirmed the resignation to the media outlet.
“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 statement.
Temple University released a brief statement about Cosby’s resignation.
“Temple University accepts Dr. Cosby’s resignation from the board and thanks him for his service to the university,” the statement read.
Lausch added that Temple would not comment further on the reason for Cosby’s resignation.
Temple University board chairman, Patrick O’Connor, was the individual who accepted Cosby’s resignation. He told The Associated Press that Cosby did not want to be a distraction to the board.
Anthony McIntyre, a Temple trustee, said that the Cosby personal crisis presented a “no-win situation” for everyone that was involved, including the university.
“It’s a tragedy for all and I’m sure that he did what he felt was best for the school,” McIntyre said.
Cosby attended Temple University back in the 1960s. He became a trustee in 1982
Several other universities have already severed ties with Cosby, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Until Monday, Temple showed no signs of distancing itself from the 77-year-old actor, reports NBC.
Cosby has found himself immersed in a sexual assault scandal that just keeps growing. So far twenty women have come forward with allegations that the actor sexually assaulted them. The first woman to come forward was Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for Temple’s women’s basketball team. She sued Cosby in 2004 alleging that he drugged and assaulted her. Constand and Cosby settled the case in 2006. The list of accusers also includes former playboy bunny Carla Ferrigno, actor Joan Tarshis, and former supermodel Janice Dickerson.
Recently, more weird allegations against Cosby surfaced. Staff members for the Late Show with David Letterman told the New York Daily News that when Cosby was a guest he wanted the interns and assistants to watch him eat.
“The young girls, interns and assistants, all had to gather around in the green room backstage and sit down and watch him eat curry and [Cosby] would sit silently eating and make us watch and want us to watch,” The source said
Despite the mounting allegations, Cosby has never been charged. His attorney, Marty Singer, calls the allegations “ridiculous” and “illogical.”