The Cosby Show star is facing an uphill battle to restore his reputation after more than 50 women went public with decades-old allegations of sexual assault or inappropriate behaviour over the past 11 months.

The actor, whose attorney has dismissed many of the accusations, has never been charged with any crime relating to the claims, but he has been ordered to give a deposition in October (15) over allegations he molested a woman at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.

The scandal has cost the 78 year old a number of stand-up gigs and TV deals, in addition to the title of honorary petty officer for the U.S. Navy.

Now NYU bosses have quietly removed the troubled star's links to its William H. Cosby Future Filmmakers Workshop "in light of recent events", according to university spokesman Matt Nagel.

The free program, for which the comedian hosted benefit concerts in the 1990s, will now be known simply as the Future Filmmakers Workshop, reports The New York Times.

Cosby's representatives have declined to comment on the name change.

It's not the first school to cut ties with Cosby amid the sex scandal - he previously had to resign from advisory boards at his alma maters, while officials at Ohio's Central State University have also removed Cosby's name from its Mass Communications Center.