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The U.S. Navy is revoking Bill Cosby’s honorary title of chief petty officer in the wake of sexual assault allegations against him, which the military branch said conflict with its core values.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Stevens made the announcement on Thursday in a statement.
Cosby was given the honorary title in 2011. He enlisted in the Navy in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1960 as a petty officer third class.
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“The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment,” the Navy statement said.
Cosby has not spoken publicly about the allegations, though his representative and attorney have dismissed the claims.
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