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December 01, 2014

Rape Claims Cast Shadow Over Cosby's Philanthropic Legacy

The growing wave of sexual-assault allegations against Bill Cosby is creating difficult decisions for institutions that have benefited from his charitable largesse, the Associated Press and USA Today write.

No beneficiary is known to have returned gifts from Mr. Cosby and his wife, Camille, who have donated tens of millions of dollars over the years, most notably to colleges and universities. But several have moved to distance themselves from the 77-year-old entertainer, who has denied the accusations.

High Point University in North Carolina removed Mr. Cosby from its board of advisers, and he agreed to a request by University of Massachusetts Amherst that he step down as honorary co-chairman of a $300-million fundraising campaign. Philadelphia's Temple University, which Mr. Cosby attended and with which he has long been associated, has thus far rejected calls to oust him as a trustee.