When Obama was asked whether he would strip Cosby of the Medal of Freedom awarded to him in 2002, he said: “With respect to the medal of freedom. There’s no precedent for revoking a medal. We don’t have that mechanism.”
Obama offered no defense of the comedian, once considered one of the most respected figures in the entertainment industry. Without directly addressing the ongoing allegations against the actor, the President did say he had a no-tolerance policy for rape.
I’ll say this. If you give a woman, or a man for that matter, a drug and then you have sex without their consent, that’s rape. And I think this country – any civilized country – should have no tolerance for rape.
Last week, a 2005 deposition was released and revealed that Cosby obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes and used them to drug women with whom he had sex.
Watch the President’s comments below.