Smithsonian exhibit to comprise allegations against Cosby

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 6:54 PM

The museum, which is a portion of of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, is set to open in September. It's faced criticism over the news that it'd be including artifacts from Cosby'south career in a "Taking the Stage" exhibition.

Smithsonian exhibit to comprise allegations against Cosby

The National Museum of African American History and Culture wants to create it clear that its inclusion of Bill Cosby in an exhibit isn't a celebration of the star.

The museum, which is a portion of of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, is set to open in September. It's faced criticism over the news that it'd be including artifacts from Cosby'south career in a "Taking the Stage" exhibition.

More than forty women have accused TV legend Cosby, seventy-eight, of sexually assaulting them over four decades. Cosby has denied the accusations, and a statute of limitations prevents prosecution in most of the cases.

Lonnie Bunch, director of the museum, said in a statement, "There have been many misconceptions and mistaken notions about the presence of Bill Cosby within the National Museum of African American History and Culture'south exhibition, 'Taking the Stage,' that explores the history of African American participation in film, theatre and television.

"This isn't an exhibition that 'honors or celebrates' Bill Cosby but one that acknowledges his role, among many others, in American entertainment," the statement said. "Some people perceive that the Smithsonian should get rid of all mention of Bill Cosby as a result of recent revelations."

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