During a Wednesday press conference on the Iran nuclear deal, President Obama was asked an off-topic question. April Ryan, a correspondent with American Urban Radio Networks, inquired: "Would you revoke the Medal of Freedom from Bill Cosby?" Since last year, the actor and comedian has been facing mounting allegations from multiple women that he drugged and raped them. Cosby received the award in 2002.
With respect to the Medal of Freedom: There's no precedent for revoking a medal. We don't have that mechanism, and as you know, I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of cases where there might still be, if not criminal, then civil issues involved. I'll say this: 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. I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.
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