Smithsonian acknowledges Bill Cosby's sexual assault allegations in new museum
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Smithsonian's newest museum on African-American history and culture does indeed acknowledge Bill Cosby's recent sexual assault allegations.
On the fourth floor of the museum nestled in a corner of the Culture Gallery, "Taking the Stage" is a photo of the young Bill Cosby.
Above Cosby's photo is a quote that reads, "We played street football. We had the greatest quarterback in the world. 'Cosby, you go down to Third Street. Catch the J bus. Have him open the doors at 19th Street. I'll fake it to you.'"
Beneath the photo is a description of the famous actor, which reads:
"While many comedians mined laughter by probing racial and political differences, Bill Cosby (b. 1937) built his groundbreaking career around universal themes of family and childhood. His award-winning comedy albums included I Started Out as a Child (1964), and To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With (1968) and featured rollicking tales about growing up in inner-city Philadelphia. These stand-up routines became the inspiration for the animated children's series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (CBS, 1972-84). In recent years, revelations about alleged sexual misconduct have cast a shadow over Cosby's entertainment career and severely damaged his reputation."
The museum told the Associate Press back in March that it planned on acknowledging the allegations, but didn't exactly say how.
In March, Lonnie Bunch, the museum's founding director, said in a statement, "Like all of history, our interpretation of Bill Cosby is a work in progress, something that will continue to evolve as new evidence and insights come to the fore," Bunch said. "Visitors will leave the exhibition knowing more about Mr. Cosby's impact on American entertainment, while recognizing that his legacy has been severely damaged by the recent accusations."
Dozens of women have accused the actor and comedian, 79, of sexual abuse.
Cosby was charged last year with drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University worker at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He also faces several civil lawsuits.
Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.