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Historically black Spelman College ends Bill Cosby endowed professorship

Spelman College in Atlanta, which has had ties to actor Bill Cosby for years, has officially ended its William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship.

The school had “indefinitely suspended” the professorship back in December. It was created back in 1988 after Cosby donated $20 million to the college, “the single largest donation ever given to a historically black college or university.”

USA Today reports:

The historically black college, which has had strong ties to Cosby Show actor for decades, is discontinuing its endowed professorship with the comedian after recent details emerged from his testimony in a sexual-assault lawsuit.

In a deposition from 10 years ago, leaked to media this week, Cosby admitted to obtaining prescriptions of a sedative to give to women he sought for sex, seducing young women by pretending to care for them, and paying off women to keep his wife, Camille, from finding out about his affairs.

“The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship at Spelman College has been discontinued and related funds have been returned to the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation,” said Spelman spokesperson Audrey Arthur in a statement to USA TODAY on Friday.

Cosby hired attorney Monique Pressley last week to begin tackling the numerous allegations made against him.

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