Phylicia Rashad, Bill Cosby’s former TV wife from The Cosby Show, has spoken out in defense of the comedian, who has been plagued by claims of sexual assault from dozens of women for the past few months.
Rashad said she thinks the accusations from at least 17 women are part of a large conspiracy to keep Bill Cosby off TV, according to Newsday.
[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Phylicia Rashad” author_title=”Actress and former Cosby co-star”]
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.
Rashad said that her and Cosby’s NBC series, “The Cosby Show,” was a representation of America to the outside world, which has now been destroyed. Cosby was developing a new sitcom with NBC, which was stopped in the wake of the renewed allegations against the 77-year-old comedian.
Rashad also came to the defense of Cosby’s wife, Camille, calling her a “tough, smart woman.” In a statement in December, Camille compared the allegations against Cosby to the botched Rolling Stone article investigating rape at the University of Virginia, in which no work was done to confirm the alleged victim’s story, according to the Huffington Post.
The actresses comments come shortly after those made by another former Cosby co-star, Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” During an interview on Monday, Pulliam said she couldn’t say what happened, as she wasn’t there, but said she could speak to “the man that I know and I love.”
Bill Cosby has not spoken in his own defense, although his attorneys have called the allegations “increasingly ridiculous,” and that just because the claims have been repeated does not mean they are true, according to ABC News.