Kennedy Center Yanks Bill Cosby Honors After His Guilty Verdict

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., announced Monday that it will rescind two high profile awards given to actor and comedian Bill Cosby prior to his conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

“Today, our Board of Trustees voted to rescind two artistic achievement awards the Kennedy Center had previously bestowed upon Bill Cosby: the Kennedy Center Honors & the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor,” read a tweet from the Kennedy Center.

The prestigious arts center located in the nation’s capital further told the Washington Post:

“The Honors and Mark Twain Prize are given to artists who, through their lifetime of work, have left an indelible impact on American culture. As a result of Mr. Cosby’s recent criminal conviction, the Board concluded that his actions have overshadowed the very career accomplishments these distinctions from the Kennedy Center intend to recognize.”

A jury of seven men and five women found Cosby, 80, guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on April 26. The verdict was reached after the comedian’s first trial ended in a hung jury. Cosby faces up to 30 years in prison.

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