Kennedy Center rescinds Cosby awards
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In an unprecedented move, the Kennedy Center is rescinding a pair of its most prestigious awards given to Bill Cosby.

The Washington fine arts institution announced Monday it would rescind the Kennedy Center Honors, given to Cosby in 1998, along with the comedian’s 2009 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.


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

A spokeswoman tells ITK that neither award has ever been rescinded before.

The move comes less than two weeks after Cosby was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault. The 80-year-old “Cosby Show” star, who last week was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is facing a lengthy prison sentence.