Obama says no mechanism to revoke Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom

U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that there is no mechanism to revoke the Presidential Medal of Freedom that was previously awarded to disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, but emphasized that there should be no tolerance for rape.

"There's no precedent for revoking a medal, we don’t have that mechanism," Obama said, answering a question at a news conference, adding: "I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of cases where there might still be, if not criminal then civil, issues involved."

Obama did, however, refer to the accusations against Cosby. "If you give a woman, or a man for that matter, without his or her knowledge, a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape," he said. "This country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."

Earlier this month, court documents revealed that Cosby testified in 2005 that he had obtained a sedative to give to women he wanted to have sex with. The revelation followed allegations from numerous women who have accused the legendary comedian of sexual assault.

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