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Bill Cosby's Honorary Navy Title Revoked

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By    |   Thursday, 04 Dec 2014 04:34 PM

The Navy has revoked an honorary title it bestowed on Bill Cosby as the comedian faces renewed allegations of drugging and sexually assaulting women decades ago.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens rescinded the honorary chief petty officer title conferred in 2011 on Cosby, who served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960, Navy Times reports.

"The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment," the service said in a statement.

Cosby was honorably discharged from the service after rising to the rank of hospital corpsman third class. He served in naval hospitals, where he helped Marines recover from Korean War injuries, Navy Times reports, adding he also deployed aboard dock landing ship Fort Mandan.

After winning the prestigious Lone Sailor Award in 2010 – given to Navy and Marine vets for lifetime accomplishments – Cosby credited his naval service for sowing the seeds of his later success, Navy Times reports.

Cosby – who quit as a board member of his beloved Temple University on Monday – has been accused by more than a dozen women of drugging and sexually assaulting them in decades past. Other than angry denunciations from his lawyer, Cosby has declined to say much in response.

He has not been charged with a crime and may never be because of the statute of limitations, but the impact on his career, image and philanthropy has been profound: Performances have been cancelled and a planned new TV show was cancelled, USA Today reports.

On Tuesday, he was sued in civil court by a woman who claims he molested her at the Playboy Mansion 40 years ago when she was 15.

And a day later, USA Today reports three more women went public to accuse him of sexual abuse as their lawyer demanded he agree to be sued so the issues could be settled legally instead of played out on social media.

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