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Bill Cosby fatherhood mural painted over amid sex allegations

A Philadelphia mural featuring Bill Cosby has been painted over as new details emerge of his testimony in a sexual-assault lawsuit.

Philadelphia mural was to be removed, but date was moved up due to scandal involving U.S. comedian

A father-themed Philadelphia mural showing Bill Cosby, along with Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, was removed ahead of schedule amid nenewed sex allegations against the American comedian. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

A Philadelphia mural featuring Bill Cosby has been painted over as new details emerge of his testimony in a sexual-assault lawsuit.

The 2008 mural showed Cosby wearing a trademark sweater such as those he wore as a beloved dad on his hit TV show. The mural also featured Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

The city's Mural Arts Program says the fatherhood-themed mural in North Philadelphia was deteriorating and already scheduled for removal.

But spokeswoman Cari Feiler Bender says the date was moved up amid renewed allegations against Cosby. More than 40 women have come forward in the past year alleging Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades.

He faces at least four civil lawsuits stemming from such allegations. Cosby has never been criminally charged. 

A deposition given by Cosby in a 2005 lawsuit and released this month reveals the married father of five acknowledged he got sedatives to give to women before sex.

He says the sexual activity with various women was consensual. He has never been charged with a crime.

With files from Reuters

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