Monday, September 27, 2021

Phylicia Rashad Says ‘Oh Please’ to Cosby Accusers: ‘Forget These Women’

Phylicia Rashad

*Phylicia Rashad has broken her silence on the sexual abuse allegations against her longtime co-star Bill Cosby.

The Tony-winning actress, who starred opposite Cosby for 10 seasons as Clair Huxtable on NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” defended the embattled comedian while speaking to Showbiz 411 at an event for the film “Selma.”

After first prefacing her comments by saying she didn’t “want to become part of the public debate,” she went on to say that she had never seen any behavior by Cosby to suggest there is any truth to the decades-old abuse allegations that have resurfaced in recent months.

“Forget these women,” Rashad said of the many women who have made claims in the media. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”

When asked about Janice Dickinson, who claims Cosby drugged and assaulted her, and Beverly Johnson, who alleges he drugged her, Rashad responded: “Oh, please.”

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She defended Bill’s wife Camille Cosby, who has spoken out in defense of her husband. “This is a tough woman, a smart woman,” said Rashad, who also co-starred with the actor on CBS’ Cosby for four seasons. “She’s no pushover.”

“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” Rashad continued, referring to people other than the accusers. “And it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.” She lamented that the legacy of the “Cosby Show,” a family-friendly comedy once beloved by millions of viewers, is now “being destroyed.”

When asked why Cosby has chosen to largely remain silent in light of the claims, relying instead on his legal team to deny them, his longtime TV wife said: “If he spoke now, what do you think the media would do with it?”

Rashad is the second Cosby Show alum to discuss the scandal this week. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played daughter Rudy, spoke about it Monday during her round of exit interviews for “Celebrity Apprentice.”

“Unfortunately, in the court of public opinion everyone has formed their opinion, but we’re still in America and you’re innocent until proven guilty of any crimes,” Pulliam said.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Yo…..you already know what it izz, Liz…that “check” had to clear”, “THAT’s” whaddUP!!!! Baaaaaaybaaaaaaay!

  2. Right again Pleasant1. Besides, it’s none of his former colleagues business.

    They aren’t obligated to say anything, about Cosby or anyone’s situation. This is NOT ghetto fabulous, “Love and Hip, Hop.

    Dr. Cosby is a grown a$$ man, and he’s handling things his way. To succumb to the public mudslinging would be a never ending ordeal that the media would love.

    Unlike some black people, Cosby is not allowing himself to dragged into saying something that could be taken out of context (the media and public’s favorite pass time). Please take some notes…

    Feeding your attackers ammunition is stupid. For example, black people run to Ben Crump, and uncle Al telling everything they know on television, while inadvertently providing a counter narrative to their adversary. Did we not just witness that during the Michael Brown fiasco?

    Nope, Cosby is smart for not giving his power away just to satisfy the “public’s” curiosity. People are going to believe what they want, no matter what.

    When you don’t say anything, no one can say you said anything (on cross examination or otherwise). Ya dig?

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