Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Victoria & Albert Museum has defended its decision to exhibit a portrait of Kevin Spacey despite allegations of sexual misconduct against the actor.The disgraced Oscar-winner has faced accusations of sexual assault and earlier this year pleaded not guilty to groping a teenage restaurant worker in the first criminal case involving the 59-year-old.Spacey’s image is set to go on display at the London museum as part of an exhibition of portraits focusing on major figures in the theatre and film industries.The American Beauty lead was selected for the spectacle, which will be unveiled at the V&A’s annual Performance Festival later this month, because he was a visiting professor of the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.The portraits are by artist Francis Hamel and will be on display at the museum from April 27 to May 19. Other prominent figures involved in the project include Richard Attenborough, Stephen Daldry, Stephen Fry, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Diana Rigg and Meera Syal.A spokeswoman for Sir Cameron Mackintosh said: “This display of portraits is an accurate historic record of every professor who has occupied the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre over 27 years at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. “At the time of his appointment and during his tenure in the chair, there was no public controversy surrounding Mr Spacey.”On the ITV programme Good Morning Britain, journalist Rebecca Reid criticised the move.She said: “There is a difference having art that was created in the context in which it existed…and newly created art that reflects our current values.”A spokeswoman for the V&A said: “The V&A aims to provide a record of history while recognising and encouraging debate around issues affecting contemporary society.”In January, Spacey appeared in court in the US accused of groping William Little, a 18-year-old restaurant worker on the island of Nantucket, in July 2016. He denies the allegation.Spacey has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men, some of them teens at the time of the alleged incidents, but the Nantucket case is the first to result in criminal charges. It carries a possible five years in prison.