STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a historic day at the University of Connecticut as the Board of Trustees votes unanimously to take away Bill Cosby’s honorary degree. This is the first time they’ve revoked an honorary degree.
Cosby’s accuser, 73-year-old Kristina Ruehli said it was the right move by the school.
“Every time one of these degrees is rescinded all of we accusers take notice,” said Ruehli
She lives in New Hampshire currently and spent twenty years in Westport, CT.
“He’s a monster,” said Ruehli.
Back in 1965, she was working at a talent agency. One of their clients was Cosby.
Rhueli said she emailed UConn student Haddiyyah Ali after Ali wrote an article about Cosby in the school paper. Ali helped spearhead this historic action knowing sexual assault is something her peers face.
“I think that’s why this is so powerful. This is not some abstract problem in the sky. This is something that women face everyday,” said Ali.
She’s one of many students who voted in March to revoke the degree awarded at this graduation ceremony in 1996.
“It’s critical that Universities do all the can to promote prevention and eradicate sexual violence from campuses but to also make it clear where we stand on the issue,” said UCONN Pres. Dr. Susan Herbst.
The Board stated Cosby has been accused of assaulting over 50 women and in a 2006 deposition admitted to buying sedatives to intentionally give to women. Rhueli’s case was dismissed last Thursday. She had Cosby deposed in court and she says all she needed was getting her story told and corroborated.
“At my age it’s not like I want to spend the rest of my life. It was never about the money. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life chasing down anything,” said Rhueli.
UConn is now the 9th school to take away an honorary degree from Cosby.