Jill Scott Under Fire for Supporting Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby and Jill Scott Temple University - H 2014
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Bill Cosby and Jill Scott Temple University - H 2014

The singer-songwriter takes aim at Cosby critics on Twitter

Singer-songwriter Jill Scott is under fire for repeatedly tweeting her support of Bill Cosby amid a wave of sexual assault allegations against the comedian.

The messages started Nov. 24 on social media, after a Twitter follower asked Scott to sign and share a petition calling on Temple University to sever its relationship with Cosby. (Cosby resigned from the school's board of trustees a week later.)

Scott and Cosby are both Philadelphia natives, and both hold degrees from Temple. Scott received an honorary doctorate in May, which Cosby awarded to her, according to the university.

Read more: Bill Cosby Resigns From Temple University Board of Trustees

More than a dozen women have stepped forward in the past month to claim Cosby sexually assaulted them. Cosby has not addressed the allegations, though he has canceled several tour dates in the face of mounting public criticism.

After receiving the Temple petition on Twitter, Scott shot back.

Her comment drew negative reactions in the socialsphere.

Scott said "media/society" is targeting Cosby's legacy.

Scott maintained she was respecting a man whose work impacted American culture.

She gave advice for victims of sexual assault.