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African Art Museum director ‘in difficult place’ with Bill Cosby allegations.

Former actor Joseph C. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s undersecretary for history, art and culture, spoke with The Washington Post Tuesday about the ongoing controversy over the allegations against Bill Cosby, and the display of art owned by Cosby and his wife, Camille, at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.NEW YORK — Judd Apatow is not wavering on his criticism of comedian Bill Cosby, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women over four decades. Phillips, 53, wrote a lengthy blog post following the release of a previously private court deposition where Bill Cosby admit to drugging at least one woman he intended on having sex with.

Kurin stressed the Smithsonian’s commitment not to remove exhibitions once they have been installed, citing the controversy in 2011 over the censorship of a National Portrait Gallery exhibition called “Hide/Seek,” that explored gay and lesbian themes in portraiture. The Cosbys’ art is used in marketing and promotional materials for the Washington DC-based institution, along with quotes and images about the comedian. Phillips, the actor who player Bill Cosby’s son-in-law Martin Kendall on “The Cosby Show,” penned a blog post this week coming out against his former idol, saying he long refused to believe the numerous rape allegations until a woman they both used to work with told him her first-account experience with the embattled comedian. “After my father, Bill Cosby was the man I aspired to be,” Mr.

While attending the world premiere of his latest film, “Trainwreck,” in New York Tuesday night, the 47-year filmmaker explained why his crusade is so important to him. “I just thought that nobody was talking about it, and that was very sad that he hurt so many people,” Apatow said. “Look at all these women finding the courage to say ‘Something really terrible happened to me’ and most of it fell on deaf ears. Mr Phillips said he grew up idolising Mr Cosby and emulating his favorite comedian’s style, but said it was common knowledge that the star was partying backstage.

He argued that if the exhibition isn’t about a donor, and uses only material from a donor’s collection, then it shouldn’t be removed simply because of revelations about the donor’s behavior. The lawsuit was settled in 2006, but anyone who had stood by him since his sexual assault scandal went extremely public in November now had no choice but to cut ties.

He also explained that an old friend told him that she was one of more than 40 victims coming forth with drug and rape allegations against Mr Cosby. “Through tears, she told me her story. In the post, Phillips, who played Cosby’s son-in-law on the show, writes about Cosby’s influence on his life as well as his initial skepticism of the women who came forward and accused the iconic actor-comedian of sexual assault.

The Cosbys made a $716,000 donation to the museum to cover the majority of exhibition costs, but the organization itself put forward an estimated $136,000 for additional costs. He also describes how an unnamed friend and former Cosby mentee who says Cosby raped her changed his mind when the two crossed paths years after first meeting. She cursed herself for not being smarter, and for degrading herself in pursuit of success,” he wrote. “I felt for my friend, for the violation of her trust, loyalty, and body.

The museum in no way condones this behavior,” a Smithsonian rep said in a statement this week, insisting that the exhibit is “fundamentally about the artworks and the artists who created them, not the owners of the collections.” However, the Smithsonian did not add that it had accepted a sex-figure check from the Cosbys. Last week, a Pennsylvania judge unsealed a 2005 deposition by Cosby in which the 78-year-old said he obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.

It is about these artists [having] this visual conversation, so my question is: What is the harm in taking down a collection that hasn’t been publicly seen? You didn’t have to see it or hear it to know that it existed,” he continued. “There was also the seeming unending parade of pretty young women that streamed through the studio. The amount of government money allocated to them has steadily increased over the years, from $615.2 million in 2005 to $819.5 million in 2015, and a requested $935.8 million for the next fiscal year. This is not the fate many would have predicted for a show that was once so popular it commanded $4 million per episode when sold into syndication, and whose reruns have generated over $1.5 billion in the last 20 years, according to The Wall Street Journal. He hopes it will encourage people to listen to the accusers. “I’m glad that more information has come out and now people understand the terrible things he did and realize that we do need to stand up for women because if we don’t they won’t come forward,” he said.

Something changed inside me during that drive; call it the last gasp of a mocking bird.” Bill Cosby strenuously denies the allegations and has not been charged of any wrongdoing. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which presides over the Hollywood Walk of Fame and awards the stars with their square, confirmed this week that his star – which he received in 1977 – would not be removed. The comedian has denied previous claims, calling them “fantastical” and “uncorroborated”. “Bill, you have a family who loves you, a wife who is devoted to you; you have more money than you can spend. While the star or an associated sponsor such as a movie studio pays upfront fees for the honor, the sidewalk is the property of the City of Los Angeles, which is ultimately responsible for its maintenance.

Goldberg has been one of Cosby’s most ardent supporters, and after the court documents were released last week, she said on ABC’s “The View” that she believed Cosby was innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Cosby has repeatedly denied any allegations of wrongdoing, and will likely not face any criminal charges since the statute of limitations in many or all of the cases has already expired. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, at an executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, explains NBC’s decision to cancel the series it was developing with Cosby. It would be really extraordinary. [Kurin volunteered that the situation with the Cosby collection is difficult because it isn’t just Bill Cosby’s art, but also the collection of his wife, Camille.] KURIN: It is a complex relationship, a complex situation. Cosby engage in any “inappropriate behavior,” the avalanche of rape allegations that began surfacing last year left him feeling “increasingly disturbed.” Mr.

Known as the “Far From Finished” tour, a name that now seems rife with irony, dates had already begun to disappear from the itinerary in late November, including engagements in Las Vegas and Yakima, Washington. Cosby sold $10.8 million worth of tickets to over 100 shows, or approximately 2,200 tickets per venue, at an approximate cost of $57 each. “His shows were selling OK,” he told CNN. “He’s making great money at that sale level.” However, after further cancellations in February, in such cities as Boston, Pittsburgh and Charlotte, North Carolina, Bongiovanni’s assessment became much less rosy.

The number of women who have come forward to accuse him currently stands at 47, and on July 13, two women alleging that Cosby drugged and raped them joined a legal effort to have his 2005 deposition released in its entirety, so it’s perfectly reasonable to assume that his career has reached the end of the road. POST: Is the museum’s reluctance to remove the exhibition related to the close relationship between African American Art museum director Johnnetta Cole and the Cosbys, and why has she been so quiet in the debate about this?

KURIN: Camille Cosby continues to be a member of the board [of advisers of the MAA]. [Like] other members of the board, she contributes about $10,000 a year. During his “Cosby Show” heyday, his cuddly, avuncular Cliff Huxtable persona allowed him to pitch Jell-O Pudding Pops so effectively that the commercials drove sales of the product to almost $100 million in its first year.

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