Group wants Cosby’s Medal of Freedom revoked

 Former President George W. Bush looks on as comedian Bill Cosby deadpans as the audience laughs during the announcement of Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom, which Bush later tried to put on the entertainer, in vain, in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 9, 2002, in Washington. Cosby ended up putting the medal on himself. (Kenneth Lambert/AP Photo)

Former President George W. Bush looks on as comedian Bill Cosby deadpans as the audience laughs during the announcement of Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom, which Bush later tried to put on the entertainer, in vain, in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 9, 2002, in Washington. Cosby ended up putting the medal on himself. (Kenneth Lambert/AP Photo)

A group supporting sexual assault victims is petitioning President Barack Obama to revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment launched the campaign Wednesday through the White House’s “We the People” website.

The group says it is working with women who have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

It’s collected about 2,000 signatures in less than a day.

In newly unsealed documents, Cosby testified in 2005 that he obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women before sex.

President George W. Bush presented the nation’s highest civilian honor to Cosby in 2002, citing his revolutionary portrayal of blacks on television and his interest and dedication to education.

The group’s executive director says: “Bill Cosby’s name does not belong among this distinguished list.”

 

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