Yesha Callahan

Phylicia Rashad on Bill Cosby Accusers: ‘Forget These Women’

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Phylicia Rashad, aka Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show broke her silence about the rape and sexual allegations against her former TV husband Bill Cosby. In an exclusive interview with Showbiz 411′s Roger Friedman, Rashad, defended Cosby and said she never saw any indication of the behavior that many women have attributed to her former co-star.

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Phylicia Rashad on “The Cosby Show”

“Forget these women,” Rashad told Showbiz 411. “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.”

Rashad went on to dismiss claims by now more than 24 women including former supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson. “Oh, please,” she said about the two women who have accused Cosby of inappropriate behavior.

On the allegations against Bill Cosby:
“Forget these women. … 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.”

On The Cosby Show legacy:
“This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

On a possibly conspiracy against Cosby:
“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV.” And it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.”

When asked how she felt about Cosby, Rashad reportedly said, “I love him.”

  1. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    Smh.

  2. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    She’s defending a friend and colleague, it’s kind of like sticking up for a family member.

    • January 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      I would NEVER stick up (not even for my own father) if there were allegationns against him. I would instead ask to get more information to get to the truth. She is not even trying to get to any truth, she is just dismissive.

    • January 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      I have family members I would never stick up for because of their bad character. She is sticking up for Bill because she knows his good character. You don’t know who your true friends are until hard times hit you. Bill is learning who is true friends are.

    • January 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      She’s defending the royalties she receives from the reruns of The Cosby show.

    • January 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      Some people wouldn’t stick up for family/friends, but some people would. I agree with you, Anthony. I think if they spoke against Cosby, it would affect their careers, so of course they are going to defend him.

      I’ll say it again: Sometimes, we don’t know people the way we think we do.

  3. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    What IF those women are telling the truth Phylicia? Or at least 1 or 2 of them? Why is his word being taken over 20 people? Wow.

  4. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    I’m with Miss Rashad, innocent until proven guilty. We should all stop being so quick to throw someone under the bus. I believe Michael J. Was innocent and there were people trying to sabotage him and get a free pay day the end it destroyed him…

    • January 7, 2015 - Reply

      @tsaun

      I agree with you. Unfortunately, public opinion does not believe in innocent to proven guilty. If 20 people said he’s guilty, people are going to believe it because of the numbers. I applaud Phyilicia for standing up for Bill. She knows Bill’s character of truthfulness. When you know someone’s character of truthfulness, you don’t believe everything people say about the person. A person’s character of truthfulness is allowed in legal proceedings.

      • January 7, 2015 - Reply

        @Objection

        Objection, let me say this: We don’t know what people do behind closed doors. I heard, “I never thought he/she would do this, that, or the other” so many times before when someone committed a heinous crime. Sometimes things are done in the dark. I don’t know if Cosby committed these crimes or not, Phylicia doesn’t know, Kesha doesn’t know, nor anyone else, but those accusers and Cosby. I’m not going to accuse him, but I’m not going to assume he didn’t do anything either.

        • January 7, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Let me first say I respect your opinion as much as I respect my own. I feel she has a right to believe Bill is not a serial rapist. She can feel that way until it’s proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty.

          . . . but I’m not going to assume he didn’t do anything either.

          I wish people would be this honest during jury duty. Thanks for your honesty.

          • January 7, 2015 - Reply

            @Objection

            Thank you, Objection. I agree, she does have a right to form her own opinion. I respect that and yours as well. I think we both have open minds.

            The thing is that I don’t think charges will be brought against him (or maybe they will). It just bothers me that these women are written off. That’s usually why many women don’t report rapes, especially against powerful men because they know.

  5. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    I have no idea if the allegations are true. I will not condemn a man that hasn’t been proven guilty. If he committed these heinous crimes he’s accused of he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I think Phylicia has an opinion because she was on the set. If she had seen any inappropriate behavior, she would have known. Do I believe she would cover for a rapist? I pray not, but I think we need to let the facts flesh themselves out and see if he is charged with something.

  6. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    I want the rape allegations to be false. I really do. However I cannot subscribe to the innocent until proven guilty trope when it come to sexual assault, because I know from experience that it is not often sex offenders are tried in a court of law. I know that the “We don’t what really happened” crowd is often louder that the voices of the victims, especially when the accused is a “good guy”. There’s never going to be any proof that Bill Cosby raped those women, and I hope that he didn’t, but I personally cannot ignore the pattern of these women’s stories. So nah, I won’t forget them. And yeah, it is weird for me to watch The Cosby Show.

    • January 8, 2015 - Reply

      @dirtychai

      Then you probably should go live in Mexico if you don’t believe in innocent until proven guilty. There are no exceptions

    • January 9, 2015 - Reply

      @dirtychai

      Well said.

  7. January 9, 2015 - Reply

    My cousin and I joke people who burn bridges throughout the course of their lives until there’s no one left. We refer to those people/bridges as life references. Recently I asked a cousin who worked with Bill Cosby during the 80’s if she thought it was true – you know, based on her impression of him. I don’t know why but she is more than a little certain that he did it, based on her own experience working with him. Bill’s life references don’t seem that good. It took a long time for people to speak up on his behalf imo.

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