BOSTON — In both the court of law and the court of public opinion, the case is growing against Bill Cosby.

A year after allegations of sexual assault resurfaced and snowballed, women who have accused him of sexual assault are giving emotional interviews en masse, judges are ruling against him, and colleges are continuing to revoke honorary degrees bestowed upon him when he was one of the country’s most admired entertainers.

Cosby, 78, now faces five lawsuits, including one filed last week by a woman who says Cosby repeatedly sexually assaulted her beginning when she was 16. Earlier this month, a judge in California refused to throw out a lawsuit filed by a woman who accuses Cosby of molesting her when she was 15. Days later, a federal judge in Massachusetts rejected Cosby’s bid to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by three women who have accused him of sexually abusing them decades ago. He spent a day being deposed in Boston in connection with a lawsuit by attorney Gloria Allred. And more depositions are likely in the weeks ahead.

If that weren’t enough, 27 of the women who say Cosby sexually assaulted them were interviewed together on “Dateline NBC.” Ebony magazine ran a cover with a photo of “The Cosby Show” cast under broken glass. And at least three more universities rescinded honorary degrees in the past week.

Tufts University in Massachusetts delivered a double blow, withdrawing both an honorary doctorate of arts and an award for excellence in children’s media, saying Cosby has “demonstrated a lack of character and integrity.” It joined a growing list of schools – including Fordham, Marquette and Brown University – that have sought to erase any affiliation with Cosby.

All this comes after a year of Cosby and his attorneys denying or refusing to comment as dozens of women went public with stories of sexual assault dating back to the 1960s. Cosby, a comedian and actor who first rose to fame in the ’60s, starred as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” from 1984 to 1992, a role that cemented his image as an upright family man.

“It appears it’s catching up to him now. There’s a tsunami of women who have allegedly been affected by Mr. Cosby and are wanting to be heard,” said Joseph Cammarata, who represents the three women in the federal defamation suit filed in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a house in Shelburne Falls.

Things could get even worse for Cosby in the next few months. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania and California could still bring criminal charges.

The lawsuits against Cosby are in the early stages and have a long way to go before they go to trial. Cosby’s attorneys will still have additional opportunities to try to get them dismissed.

Tamara Rice Lave, an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Law who was written extensively about sex offenders, said she expects Cosby “is going to be paying a lot of money” in civil judgments. But she said she is concerned that the current climate against Cosby could pressure prosecutors to file criminal charges.

“I think prosecutors might be less careful in reviewing criminal charges because they’re so happy to have a case that falls within the statute of limitations,” Lave said, “and they also know that they’re very likely to get a conviction because they have all of this propensity evidence.”

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