Two weeks after a a number of women have come forward with rape and sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby, the performer has resigned from the board of trustees at Temple University.
Cosby attended the university on an athletic scholarship in the 1960s. Temple initially signaled earlier that it would stand by him. Temple follows Berklee College of Music and U Mass Amherst, which earlier cut ties with him.
Andrea Constand – who reported Cosby to police for abuse in 2005 and sued him in civil court after the district attorney decided there was not enough evidence to prosecute – was an employee of Temple University as coach of the women’s basketball team.
Patrick O’Connor, the current chair of the university’s board of trustees, was one of Cosby’s attorneys in the Constand suit.
The case settled out of court, but a number of the anonymous “Jane Doe” witnesses who were slated to testify in that suit have come forward to the media in the past two weeks.