A Christian university in Henderson, Tennessee has uninvited Bill Cosby as its featured speaker for a 50th anniversary benefit dinner set for Dec. 5.
Freed-Hardeman University booked the comedian earlier in the year before allegations of multiple rape cases surfaced, according to the Christian Post. The university announced it has confirmed that Dr. Ben Carson will speak in place of Cosby. Carson will address more than 2800 individuals.
“I thank our board and administrative team, who have sought wisdom in carrying out this milestone celebration,” FHU President Joe Wiley said. “I appreciate the prayers and encouragement many have offered for those who have been problem solving and handling details behind the scenes. Of course, we are grateful to Dr. Carson for adding this commitment to his busy calendar on short notice. More than 90% of our students receive financial aid, and the scholarships this event funds are a vital component of that aid.”
In subsequent developments, Cosby, 77, resigned Monday from the board of trustees of Temple University.
Fox News reports it’s a position he’s held since 1982.
Cosby has long been featured in advertisements and fundraising campaigns for the university.
"I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students," Cosby said in a statement issued by the school.
Publication date: December 3, 2014