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Bill Cosby's Kennedy Center Honors, Mark Twain Prize have been rescinded

Bill Cosby's Kennedy Center Honors and Mark Twain Prize have been revoked, after a jury found him guilty of sexual assault last week.

The comedian was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009. "The Honors and Mark Twain Prize are given to artists who, through their lifetime of work, have left an indelible impact on American culture," a spokesperson for the Kennedy Center said Monday. "As a result of Mr. Cosby's recent criminal conviction, the board concluded that his actions have overshadowed the very career accomplishments these distinctions from the Kennedy Center intend to recognize."

Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revoked Cosby's membership, and the Television Academy removed his name from its website and list of Television Hall of Fame honorees. Cosby's sentencing will likely take place later this year, and he could spend the rest of his life in prison.