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Penn revokes honorary degrees from Steve Wynn, Bill Cosby

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania has announced plans to distance itself from casino mogul Steve Wynn and comedian Bill Cosby in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against both men.

The college on Thursday said it will revoke Wynn's honorary degree and remove his name from both an outdoor plaza and a scholarship fund. The school will also rescind Cosby's honorary degree.

"We view these as extraordinary and essentially unique circumstances that call for an immediate, decisive, and clearly ethical response," David L. Cohen, chair of Penn's Board of Trustees, and Amy Gutmann, the university's president, said in a joint message.

The school said it has been a century since it took away an honorary degree but that "credible" allegations against the men warranted the action.

The Wall Street Journal last week reported that a number of women said they were harassed or assaulted by Wynn, with one case leading to a $7.5 million settlement. Wynn has denied the allegations.

Cosby's sexual assault trial ended in a mistrial.


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