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July 09, 2015

North Philadelphia mural including Bill Cosby's face to be removed

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program says "recent headlines" contributed to decision

Days after the release of court documents containing an admission from Bill Cosby that he procured Quaaludes with the intent of using them to lure young women into having sex with him, a mark of the actor and comedian's influence on Philadelphia will be eliminated.

According to CBS 3, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has decided to remove a fading North Philadelphia mural after multiple reports surfaced on Wednesday that the organization was considering whether to do so.

The mural, which has been a part of North Philadelphia for the last 15 years, features Cosby in a purple sweater, joined by Martin Luther King, Jr., South African leader Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The mural was already under review to be decommissioned due to the deteriorating wall where it was painted under a train bridge, NBC 10 reports, however, a spokesperson said "recent headlines" were also a factor.

No exact date has been given for the mural's removal, but the spokesperson said that if there is funding and community interest, the mural might be repainted, without Cosby, in another location.