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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.”

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  • dirtychai

    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.

    • kj1986nyc

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

    • Love.tweet.joi

      Well said.

  • Love.tweet.joi

    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.