President Obama Weighs In On Bill Cosby Scandal: 'That's Rape'

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 07/15/2015 | 02:45 PM EDT

Obama: 'I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.'

There's been much talk about Bill Cosby's sexual assault scandal, and rightfully so considering his celebrity status and the details of his alleged misconduct. That chatter has now hit the presidential level with the POTUS weighing in on the matter.


During a news conference Wednesday in the East Room, President Obama was asked about the allegations stacked up against Cosby, which claim the 78-year-old comedian drugged and raped more than two dozen women over the course of four decades. He declined to discuss the specifics of the case because it is a pending legal matter, but he voiced his opinion loud and clear.


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"If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape," Obama said. "And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."


Obama also dismissed the idea of revoking Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to him in 2002 by President George W. Bush.


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"There's no precedent for revoking a medal," he said. "We don't have that mechanism."


Obama's statements follow behind the partial unsealing of Cosby's 2005 deposition which included his admission of drugging women for sex.


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