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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his criminal sex-assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, July 7, 2016. Cosby is appealing a decision to send the case to trial before his lawyers can question the accuser under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Smithsonian included info about Bill Cosby's assault allegations in its new museum


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The Smithsonian's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, does indeed acknowledge Bill Cosby's recent sexual assault allegations.

(Photo: Michelle Manzione/WJLA)

'Cast a shadow'

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. Beneath the photo is a description of the famous actor that outlines his style of comedy and career. 

The end of the paragraph reads, "In recent years, revelations about alleged sexual misconduct have cast a shadow over Cosby's entertainment career and severely damaged his reputation."

Legacy 'severely damaged'

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.

"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 have accused the actor and comedian of sexual abuse.

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WJLA contributed to this report. 

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