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By Joseph Cirilo, Co-Editor

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Michael Stevens, and Secretary Ray Mabus announced Thursday, Dec. 4 that Bill Cosby’s honorary title of Chief Petty Officer was being revoked following the multiple accusations of sexual abuse.

Though the title of CPO is strictly honorary, involving no responsibilities or duties to be fulfilled, the Navy is taking these accusations, and the bestowal of rank, even an honorary one, very seriously.

Officials have explained that “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,” in a recent press release, The Washington Post reported.

Cosby’s naval service started after he failed tenth grade, and decided instead of repeating, to take a job as an apprentice at a shoe repair shop, and subsequently enlisted as a Hospital Corpsman, eventually attaining the rank of HM3 (Hospital Corpsman, 3rd Class).

Bill Cosby, center, is recognized as an honorary Chief Petty Officer by Master Chief Petty Officer Rick West, left, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Feb. 17, 2011. (Courtesy of Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Bill Cosby, center, is recognized as an honorary Chief Petty Officer by Master Chief Petty Officer Rick West, left, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Feb. 17, 2011. (Courtesy of Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Impressed with his service record, he received the Lone Sailor Award from the US Navy Memorial Foundation in 2010, honoring veterans who achieved greatness in their post-military careers. Five months after, in February 2011, then MCPON Rick West honored Cosby with an honorary promotion to CPO.

Recently, Cosby’s lawyers have begun to strike back at one accuser, Judy Huth, declaring that she tried to extort him for a quarter-million dollars and that she attempted to see her story to a tabloid 10 years ago, reports USA Today.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Martin Singer, Cosby’s attorney is currently seeking the dismissal of that lawsuit, in addition to monetary damages. Singer claims that Huth tried to extort $100,000 from Cosby in exchange for her silence a month ago, later bumping it to $250,000 as more women began to come forward with cases of their own against him.

While court cases begin to unfold, the US Navy has decided that true or not, these accusations do not warrant the retainment of an honorary rank, citing that they conflict with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.