The organization also revoked the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor after the comic was found guilty of aggravated indecent assault.
The Kennedy Center has revoked two honors it bestowed on Bill Cosby over the past two decades following a Pennsylvania jury reaching a guilty verdict against the comedian on charges of aggravated indecent assault.
“Today the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts voted to rescind two artistic achievement awards the institution had previously bestowed upon Bill Cosby: the Kennedy Center Honors (1998) and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2009),” The Kennedy Center said in a statement.
“The Honors and Mark Twain Prize are given to artists who, through their lifetime of work, have left an indelible impact on American culture,” the statement continued. “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.”
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