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Smithsonian to Keep Bill Cosby Exhibit Despite Criminal Assault Charge

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, quilts from the Bill and Camille Cosby collection hang at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington.
FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, quilts from the Bill and Camille Cosby collection hang at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington.

*The criminal charges of aggravated indecent assault filed Wednesday against Bill Cosby won’t lead to any changes to a Cosby-funded art exhibit at a Smithsonian museum.

Eddie Burke, a spokesman for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, told the AP Wednesday that the exhibit will close as scheduled on Jan. 24. He says no changes will be made to a posted disclaimer that says the museum does not condone Cosby’s alleged behavior. (See below.)

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About a third of the works on display in the exhibit come from the private collection of Cosby and his wife, Camille. Cosby also funded the exhibit with a $716,000 gift.

Smithsonian officials debated whether to pull the exhibit after revelations about Cosby’s behavior with women in court documents unsealed earlier this year.

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