Cosby dropped from D.C. mu­ral

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Nar­dine Saad

A high-pro­file mu­ral in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., has been up­dated to re­place co­me­dian Bill Cosby’s vis­age with those of Barack and Michelle Obama as well as ac­tress and D.C. na­tive Taraji P. Hen­son, ath­lete Muham­mad Ali, co­me­dian Dave Chap­pelle and sev­eral others.

Lo­cal mu­ral­ist Aniekan Ud­ofia has been seen sketch­ing the like­nesses of 16 lo­cal and his­tor­i­cal African Amer­i­can icons in the U Street Cor­ri­dor on the side of the decades-old Ben’s Chili Bowl restau­rant, which com­mis­sioned the orig­i­nal mu­ral in 2012.

Cosby was re­moved from the orig­i­nal pieces in Jan­uary, when Ben’s own­ers de­cided the mu­ral needed a re­fresh, ac­cord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post.

Cosby has had a long history with the famed restau­rant and of­ten at­tended its events. The Emmy-win­ning comic is accused of nu­mer­ous in­ci­dents of sex­ual as­sault, and his sole crim­i­nal case ended in a mis­trial last week.

The restau­rant opened up vot­ing to the public to de­cide on six new faces. Cosby’s like­ness had been ac­com­pa­nied by those of the Oba­mas, DJ Donnie Simp­son and gui­tarist Chuck Brown, but Cosby was the only fig­ure not to re­turn to the re­freshed piece.

Matt Rourke As­so­ci­ated Press

BILL COSBY’S im­age was re­moved from a high-pro­file D.C. mu­ral.

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