Smithsonian to post sign outside Bill Cosby’s art collection

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 Smithsonian Institution stands firmly behind an exhibition showcasing Bill Cosby's private art collection, even as many other major institutions have distanced themselves from the comedian following unfolding sexual assault allegations against him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art says it will post a sign telling visitors that an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby’s art collection is about the artists, not a tribute to the comedian.

The exhibition is continuing despite allegations by more than two dozen women that Cosby committed sexual misconduct in the past four decades. Several say he drugged and raped them.

Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas says the museum will install the sign Wednesday. She says the sign will essentially say the museum does not condone Cosby’s behavior.

The Cosby art collection features African-American artists long under-appreciated by museums.

Court documents have revealed Cosby admitted under oath that he obtained Quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

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