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Entertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. Cosby told the crowd during a 20-minute address that “we don’t forget about ours,” as he spoke about the importance of the memorial along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Attorney Gloria Allred, center, holds her proposed Waiver of Statute of Limitations for Bill Cosby as accusors Helen Hayes, left, and Chelan, no last name given, listen during a news conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. In recent weeks, more than a dozen women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing them. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Attorney Gloria Allred (2nd from L) speaks during a press conference with alleged victims of Bill Cosby; Chelan, Beth Ferrie and Helen Hayes, on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by approximately 20 women. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Attorney Gloria Allred (2nd from L) speaks during a press conference with alleged victims of Bill Cosby; Helen Hayes, Chelan and Beth Ferrier, on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by approximately 20 women. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Attorney Gloria Allred (L) speaks at a press conference with Chelan (R), an alleged victim of Bill Cosby, on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by approximately 20 women. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Attorney Gloria Allred (R) speaks at a press conference with Chelan (C) and Helen Hayes (L), alleged victims of Bill Cosby, on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by approximately 20 women. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Attorney Gloria Allred (2nd from R) speaks during a press conference with alleged victims of Bill Cosby; Chelan, Beth Ferrie and Helen Hayes, on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by approximately 20 women. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Attorney Gloria Allred (2nd from L) speaks during a press conference with alleged victims of Bill Cosby; Chelan, Beth Ferrie and Helen Hayes, on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by approximately 20 women. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Jewel Allison is accusing Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her 25 years ago when she was an aspiring model and actress. Friday November 21, 2014. (Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
VIDEO FRAME GRAB - Barbara Bowman of Scottsdale, Arizona accused actor/comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her. (Erin OConnor For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
In this May 12, 2011 file photo Comedian Bill Cosby attends Temple University's commencement ceremonies in Philadelphia. Temple University has announced that Cosby has resigned as a trustee amid more than a dozen sexual-assault allegations. The 77-year-old entertainer has been a highly visible cheerleader of his alma mater in Philadelphia and a board member since 1982. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Bill Cosby attends the 2011 Temple University Commencement at the Liacouras Center on May 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On Thursday, Temple University said Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the Philadelphia institution despite renewed scrutiny of sexual assault allegations against him.
Bill Cosby during 'Fat Albert' Philadelphia Premiere - Arrivals at Temple University Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. On Thursday, Temple University said Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the Philadelphia institution despite renewed scrutiny of sexual assault allegations against him.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 12: Bill Cosby attends the 2011 Temple University Commencement at the Liacouras Center on May 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 12: Bill Cosby attends the 2011 Temple University Commencement at the Liacouras Center on May 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill Cosby and Patti LaBelle appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 4th June 2014. Bill Cosby speaks at the Lewis Katz's memorial service at Temple University on June 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. © Michael Bryant/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT/Alamy Live News
Comedian Bill Cosby is seen during a news conference wearing a circa 1940s Temple University football uniform in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Cosby a former Temple football player participated in a news conference to unveil new Temple football uniforms. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
TODAY -- Pictured: Bill Cosby appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Aug. 31, 2012 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Bill Cosby a Temple alum prior to the start of the game. In a game being played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Temple leads Villanova at the half, by a score of 28-10, in the battle of the Mayors Cup. (Credit Image: © Mike McAtee/ZUMAPRESS.com)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3387 -- Pictured: Actor/comedian Bill Cosby on June 15, 2007 -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
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Entertainer and former classmate Bill Cosby speaks during a public memorial service for Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Temple University in Philadelphia. On Thursday, Temple University said Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the Philadelphia institution despite renewed scrutiny of sexual assault allegations against him.
In this photo taken Nov. 6, 2014, entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution is mounting a major showcase of African-American art and African art together in a new exhibit featuring the extensive art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby. More than 60 rarely seen African-American artworks from the Cosby collection will join 100 pieces of African art at the National Museum of African Art. The exhibit “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” opens Sunday and will be on view through early 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
In this photo taken Nov. 6, 2014, Camille Cosby watches her husband Bill Cosby pause during a news conference about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution is mounting a major showcase of African-American art and African art together in a new exhibit featuring the extensive art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby. More than 60 rarely seen African-American artworks from the Cosby collection will join 100 pieces of African art at the National Museum of African Art. The exhibit “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” opens Sunday and will be on view through early 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Comedian Bill Cosby attends the 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
American actors Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad pose in character for a promotional photograph for the CBS sitcom 'Cosby,' June 17, 1996. (Photo by CBS Photo Archives/Getty Images)
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MORRISTOWN, NJ - OCTOBER 19: Bill Cosby performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on October 19, 2014 in Morristown City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - APRIL 27: Comedian Bill Cosby attends 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, United States on 26 April, 2014. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on November 11, 2013 in Washington City. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Bill Cosby (L) and host Joe Madison visit Town Hall at SiriusXM Studios on November 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Bill Cosby and Tempestt Bledsoe visit 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on January 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Ryan Lavarnway #60 of the Boston Red Sox talks with actor Bill Cosby in the Red Sox dugout before a game against the New York Yankees on September 13, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 16: Bill Cosby performs onstage at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on June 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Peter Sherman/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Bill Cosby performs with Cos of Good Music during the first day of the 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival at The Hollywood Bowl on June 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Bill Cosby appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
TODAY -- Pictured: Bill Cosby appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 13: Host Bill Cosby performs with the Cos of Good Music Band on day 1 of the 31st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on June 13, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Bill Cosby -- Air Date 08/01/2008 -- Episode 3599 -- Pictured: Actor/comedian Bill Cosby arrives on August 1, 2008 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 14: (AFP OUT) Entertainer Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios October 14, 2007 in Washington, DC. Cosby spoke on the new book he co-authored 'Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Comedian Bill Cosby backstage during the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on March 2, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NAACP)
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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby emphasizes a point while addressing a roomful of activists gathered at the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund, Chicago, IL, 2004. (Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 17: Comedian Bill Cosby and Tracy Mourning in his dressing room at Alonzo Mourning's 8th Annual Zo's Summer Groove 'A Night In Paradise' charity event at parrot Jungle Island on July 17, 2004 in Miami. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
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WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 4: Comedian Bill Cosby accepts an honorary degree from Baylor University at Floyd Casey Stadium September 4, 2003 in Waco, Texas. Cosby performed at the event for free in an effort to boost morale after the killing of basketball player Patrick Dennehy's and the negative publicity that has followed. (Photo by Matt Archer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 4: Comic Bill Cosby attending 'An Evening With Bill Cosby' on November 4, 1987 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 15: Comic Bill Cosby attending First Annual Apollo Theater Hall of Fame Induction on June 15, 1993 at the Apollo Theater in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
QUEENS, NY - AUGUST 26: Comic Bill Cosby attending Seventh Annual Robert F. Kennedy Tennis Tournament on August 26, 1978 at Forest Hills in Queens, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
CENTURY PLAZA, CA - MAY 23: Comic Bill Cosby attending 20th Annual Studio Museum Gala on May 23, 1988 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WHITE PLAINS, NY - AUGUST 17: Comic Bill Cosby attending 'Press Conference for Arthur Ashe Pro-Celebrity AIDS Tennis Challenge' on August 17, 1994 in White Plains, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 31: Comic Bill Cosby attending 'Putman Berkley Authors Gala' on may 31, 1991 at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 18: Comic Bill Cosby backstage attending 'Bill Cosby Performance' on February 18, 1967 at The Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 2: Singer Al Green and comic Bill Cosby attending the opening of 'Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God' on October 2, 1982 at the Alvin Theater in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 4: Comic Bill Cosby attending 'New York Mission Society Gala' on November 4, 1987 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
QUEENS, NY - SEPTEMBER 7: Comic Bill Cosby attending '1986 U.S. Open' on September 7, 1986 at Flushing Meadow in Queens, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Bill Cosby as he leaves the Latin Quarter for Tito Puente celebration on his release of his new CD.(Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 01: Bill Cosby speaking at CBS midtown headquarters. Cosby announced he's coming to the network with a new show in 1996. (Photo by Budd Williams/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 15 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Bill Cosby during an interview with and host Jay Leno on June 12, 1992 (Photo by Wendy Perl/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 06: Bill Cosby (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Bill Cosby's tattered legacy has taken yet another blow.

The beleaguered comedian has stepped down from Temple University's board of trustees after 32 years in the role, the Philadelphia Inquirer first reported. The announcement came as sexual assault allegations continue to mount against the showbiz icon.

Cosby, 77, reportedly left the seat to avoid being a distraction to the school.

"I have always been proud of my association with Temple University," Cosby said in a statement released by the university. "I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students.

"As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees."

The Board released a statement saying it "thanks him for his service to the university."

Cosby was the face of the Philadelphia school for decades prior to stepping down. His presence on campus and at events, including graduation ceremonies, was synonymous with the student experience.

The actor often addressed students and offered them life advice.

He graduated from Temple in 1962, only years before first appearing on television screens across the country. He was inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame in 1984, for football and track.

Cosby reportedly met one of his accusers, of which there are now more than a dozen who have publicly spoken, through the school's track and field program.

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