Scott and Cosby are both Philadelphia natives, and both hold degrees from Temple. Scott received an honorary doctorate in May, which Cosby awarded to her, according to the university.
More than a dozen women have stepped forward in the past month to claim Cosby sexually assaulted them. Cosby has not addressed the allegations, though he has canceled several tour dates in the face of mounting public criticism.
After receiving the Temple petition on Twitter, Scott shot back.
Scott said "media/society" is targeting Cosby's legacy.
Scott maintained she was respecting a man whose work impacted American culture.
She gave advice for victims of sexual assault.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.